Ye spotted snakes (Richard John Samuel Stevens)

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  • (Posted 2017-11-19)   CPDL #47514:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2017-11-19).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 174 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Ye spotted snakes
Composer: Richard John Samuel Stevens
Lyricist: William Shakespeare

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Ye spotted snakes with double tongue,
Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen;
Newts and blind-worms, do no wrong,
Come not near our fairy queen.

Philomel, with melody
Sing in our sweet lullaby;
Lulla, lulla, lullaby, lulla, lulla, lullaby:
Never harm,
Nor spell nor charm,
Come our lovely lady nigh;
So, good night, with lullaby.

Weaving spiders, come not here;
Hence, you long-legg’d spinners, hence!
Beetles black, approach not near;
Worm nor snail, do no offence.

German.png German translation

Bunte Schlangen, zweigezüngt,
Igel, Molche, fort von hier!
Dass ihr euren Gift nicht bringt
in der Königin Revier!

Nachtigall, mit Melodei
sing in unser Eiapopei!
Eiapopeia! Eiapopei!
Dass kein Spruch, kein Zauberfluch
der holden Herrin schädlich sei.
Nun gute Nacht mit Eiapopei!

Schwarze Käfer, uns umgebt
nicht mit Summen! Macht euch fort!
Spinnen, die ihr künstlich webt,
Webt an einem andern Ort!