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Let maids be false, so wine be true (George Clement Martin)

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  • (Posted 2022-02-15)  CPDL #68068:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2022-02-15).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 312 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: SATB version. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
  • (Posted 2022-02-15)  CPDL #68067:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2022-02-15).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 313 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Let maids be false, so wine be true
Composer: George Clement Martin
Lyricist: W. A. Barrettcreate page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: ATTB or SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1880 The Orpheus no.32
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Original text and translations

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1  Rosy wine, and ruddy cheek,
Turn by turn I love,
Yet from each to know I seek
Which the best will prove.
Tell me which is truly mine,
Ruddy cheek or rosy wine?

2  As I taste the ruby juice,
Calm are all my cares,
Monarchs ne'r could me induce
States to change with theirs.
Then I think more truly mine,
Gen'rous friend, the rosy wine.

3  As I gaze on beauty's face,
Trouble fills my breast,
At the thoughts that in my place
Others may find rest.
Tell me which is truly mine,
Ruddy cheek or rosy wine?

4  Wine is tongue-less, honest, fair,
Ready to relieve
Suff'ring soul from carking care;
Woman may deceive.
Spite of all their sweets I'll sip
Rosy wine and ruddy lip.