Your hay it is mow'd (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2016-01-10)   CPDL #38134:           
Editor: Tulipo Petressian (submitted 2016-01-10).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 106 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: source: J. A. Fuller-Maitland's piano reduction, Boosey & Co., London, 1897, (IMSLP). MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Your hay it is mowed from King Arthur
Composer: Henry Purcell
Lyricist: John Dryden
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTBB (with Solo Tenor from the ensemble)
Genre: SecularOpera

Language: English
Instruments: basso continuo (piano realization)

First published:

Description: This bawdy song from King Arthur is not included in some or other edition, and, possibly, performance.

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Original text and translations

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Your hay it is mow'd, and your corn is reap'd;
Your barns will be full, and your hovels heap'd:
         Come, boys, come;
         Come, boys, come;
And merrily roar out our Harvest Home.

CHORUS
Come, boys, come;
Come, boys, come;
And merrily roar our Harvest Home.

We cheated the parson, we'll cheat him again,
For why should a blockhead have one in ten?
      One in ten,
      One in ten,
For why should a blockhead have one in ten?

For prating so long like a book-learn'd sot,
Till pudding and dumpling burn to pot,
      Burn to pot,
      Burn to pot,
Till pudding and dumpling burn to pot.

CHORUS
Burn to pot,
Burn to pot,
Till pudding and dumpling burn to pot.
 
We'll toss off our ale till we cannot stand,
And heigh for the honour of Old England:
      Old England,
      Old England,
And heigh for the honour of Old England.

CHORUS
Old England,
Old England,
And heigh for the honour of Old England.