When I was and a little tiny boy (Geoffrey Shaw)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-07)  CPDL #77907:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-07).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 533 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: When I was and a little tiny boy
Composer: Geoffrey Shaw
Lyricist: William Shakespeare
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, divisi
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1912 Joseph Williams
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Original text and translations

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When that I was and a little tiny boy,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
A foolish thing was but a toy,
For the rain it raineth every day.

But when I came to man’s estate,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
’Gainst knaves and thieves men shut their gate,
For the rain it raineth every day.

But when I came, alas! to wive,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
By swaggering could I never thrive,
For the rain it raineth every day.

A great while ago the world begun,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
But that’s all one, our play is done,
And we’ll strive to please you every day.

Twelfth Night
Act 5 Scene 1