Why should the cuckoo's tuneful note (Robert Lucas Pearsall)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-12-24). Score information: A4, 8 pages, 120 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
Original text and translations
Why should the cuckoo's tuneful note
Offend the married ear?
The sound that cometh from her throat
Is musical and clear.
The nightingale cries yook! yook! yook!
And terru, terru, too!
But these are sounds not half so soft
As chanteth the cuckoo!
O list! her voice I hear, Cuckoo! Cuckoo!
O never, never fear!
No horn accompaniment is near.