Better music ne'er was known (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)

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  • (Posted 2016-05-04)   CPDL #39539:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-05-04).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 96 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Keyboard reduction of vocal parts for practice only. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Better music ne'er was known
Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Lyricist: Francis Beaumont Lyricist: John Fletcher

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1898 in Eight Four-Part Songs, no. 8

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Original text and translations

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Better music ne'er was known,
Than a pair of hearts in one.
Let each other that hath been
Troubled with the gall or spleen,
Learn of us to keep his brow
Smooth and plain as ours are now.
Sing though before the hour of dying
He shall rise, and then be crying,
Heyho! 'Tis naught but mirth
That keeps the body from the earth.