Come jolly Swains (William Byrd)

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Editor: David Fraser (added 2003-02-08).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 80 kbytes   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Come Jolly Swains
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 4vv  Voicing: SSAT
Genre: Secular, Madrigals
Language: English
Instruments: none, a cappella
Published: Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets (1611), no. 13


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Original text and translations

Original text:

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Come holly Swains,
come let us sit around,
and with blithe Carols,
sullen cares confound.
The shepherd's life
is void of strife,
no worldly treasures,
distates our pleasures
with free consenting
our minds contenting
we smiling laugh
while other sigh repenting.