Married and single (Heinrich Werner)

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  • (Posted 2022-04-09)  CPDL #68797:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2022-04-09).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Married and single
Composer: Heinrich Werner
Lyricist: F. L. Selous
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTBB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1879 The Orpheus (New series) no.52

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Original text and translations

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Merry, and free from pain and care,
Bachelors are we,
Can the joys of love compare,
O sparkling wine, with thee?
Oh, my spirit is dismayed,
Oh, my heart is sore,
I've to wife a scolding jade,
Squalling brats I find a bore.
Is thy spirit so dismayed,
Is thy heart so sore?
See, the goblet offers aid,
Do but drink, and woes are o'er.
Ev'ry night and ev'ry morn,
Her vile clapper's rung,
Death, thou'rt sharper than a thorn,
Sharper still is woman's tongue.
Merry, and free from pain and care,
Bachelors are we,
Ne'er shall chains our hearts ensnare,
Drink to wine and liberty.