The Banks of the Yarrow (John Wall Callcott)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2007-12-16).   Score information: A4, 2 pages   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Banks of the Yarrow
Composer: John Wall Callcott

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1792
Description: "composed expressly for, & performed at Messrs Harrison & Knyvett's vocal concert, 1792"

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Original text and translations

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While the moon-beams, all bright,
Give a lustre to night,
I’ll weep on his dwelling so narrow;
And high o’er his grave
The willow trees wave,
Who died on the banks of the Yarrow.

‘Twas under this shade,
Hand in hand as we strayed,
He fell by the flight of an arrow;
And fast from the wound
His blood stained the ground,
Who died on the banks of the Yarrow.