Come jolly Swains (William Byrd)

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Editor: David Fraser (added 2003-02-08).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 109 kbytes   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised May 2008

General Information

Title: Come jolly swains
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SSAT
Genre: Secular, Partsong

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella
Published: Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets (1611), no.13


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Original text and translations

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