The willow tree (William Whittaker)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-20)  CPDL #78378:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 509 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The willow tree
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Arranger: William Whittaker
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, divisi
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1913 Stainer & Bell
Description: (Rue and Rhyme)

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Original text and translations

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Beware, young maids, beware,
Beware and read my rhyme,
And see that you keep your garden well,
And let no one steal your thyme.
O when my thyme was new,
It flourished both night and day,
Till bye there came a false young man,
And he stole my thyme away.
Fare-well to all fading flowers,
Fare-well to young lovely June,
For the grass that once was trodden under foot,
Perhaps it may rise again.