I gave her cakes and I gave her ale (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2002-08-12)  CPDL #03913:     
Editor: Laura Conrad (submitted 2002-08-12).   Score information: Letter, 24 pages, 280 kB   Copyright: GnuGPL
Edition notes: From a collection of 25 Drinking songs

General Information

Title: I gave her cakes and I gave her ale
Composer: Henry Purcell

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SecularCanon

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

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I gave her cakes, and I gave her ale,
and I gave her sack and sherry,
kiss'd her once, and I kissed her twice,
And we were wondrous merry.

I gave her beads and bracelets fine,
And I gave her gold, down derry.
I thought she was afear'd, till she stroked my beard,
And we were wondrous merry.

Merry, my heart's merry,
my cock's merry,
my spright's merry,
merry, merry.