An Old Man (Cheryl Lynn Helm)

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  • (Posted 2019-08-21)   CPDL #55113:           
Editor: Cheryl Lynn Helm (submitted 2019-08-21).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 656 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: in C Major. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2019-08-21)   CPDL #55112:         
Editor: Cheryl Lynn Helm (submitted 2019-08-21).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 682 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Treble choir, in C Major
  • (Posted 2019-08-21)   CPDL #55111:         
Editor: Cheryl Lynn Helm (submitted 2019-08-21).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 663 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Treble choir, in B-flat Major
  • (Posted 2019-08-21)   CPDL #55110:         
Editor: Cheryl Lynn Helm (submitted 2019-08-21).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 678 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: in B-flat Major

General Information

Title: An Old Man
Composer: Cheryl Lynn Helm
Lyricist: Edward Learcreate page

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSAATB
Genre: SecularUnknown

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2019

Description: Whimsical piece set to 3 limericks by Edward Lear.

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Original text and translations

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There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, "It is just as I feared!—
Two Owls and a Hen, four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard.

There was an Old Man in a tree,
Who was horribly bored by a bee;
⁠When they said, "Does it buzz?"
⁠He replied, "Yes, it does!
It's a regular brute of a bee!"

There was an Old Man who supposed
That the street door was partially closed;
⁠But some very large rats
⁠Ate his coats and his hats,
While that futile Old Gentleman dozed.