Willow, willow, willow (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)

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  • (Posted 2008-04-25)  CPDL #16736:         (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2008-04-25).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 49 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Willow, Willow, Willow
Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Lyricist: William Shakespeare

Number of voices: 1v   Voicings: Soprano solo or Tenor solo
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1885 in English Lyrics, Set 1, no. 4
Description: from Othello, Act IV, Scene 3

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree,
Sing all a green willow:
Her hand on her bosom, her head on her knee,
Sing willow, willow, willow:
The fresh streams ran by her, and murmur'd her moans;
Sing willow, willow, willow;
Her salt tears fell from her, and soften'd the stones;

[Lay by these:--]1

Sing willow, willow, willow;

[Prithee, hie thee; he'll come anon:-- ]1

Sing all a green willow [must be my garland.]1
Sing all a green willow;
[Let nobody blame him; his scorn I approve,-- ]1

Nay, that's not next.--Hark! who is't that knocks?

[ It's the wind. ]1

Sing willow, willow, willow,
I call'd my love false love; but what said he then?
Sing willow, willow, willow:
[If I court moe women, you'll couch with moe men!]1
Sing willow, willow, willow.

1 This text not set by Parry.

Original text and translations may be found at The willow song.