What is got by sighing? (John Liptrot Hatton)

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  • (Posted 2020-02-15)  CPDL #57048:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-02-15).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 91 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: What is got by sighing?
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: W. H. Wordley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB

Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1880 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 13, no. 376

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Original text and translations

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1  Prithee cease thy sighing,
Pack thy care away;
Night sets care a-dying,
Turneth night to day.
Ah me, ah me!
What is got by sighing?

2  Hath thy mistress fooled thee?
Caused thee sleep to lose?
Maids as fair await thee,
Surely thou canst choose.
Ah me, ah me!
What is got by sighing?

3  Fretting killeth pleasure,
Makes thy love go cold;
Life's a merry measure,
Soon it groweth old.
Ah me, ah me!
What is got by sighing?