Sylvan pleasures (Julius Benedict)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-21)  CPDL #75592:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-21).   Score information: Letter, 16 pages, 748 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: As originally composed & published.
  • (Posted 2019-03-02)  CPDL #53432:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-03-02).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 178 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Time signature changed to 6/8 throughout.

General Information

Title: Sylvan pleasures
Composer: Julius Benedict
Lyricist: Thomas Heywood

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, with divisi.
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1869 in Novello Part-Song Book (2nd Series), Vol. 1, no. 42

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Original text and translations

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Come, to the forest let us go,
And trip it like the barren doe;
The fauns and satyrs still do so,
And freely thus they may do.
The fairies dance, and satyrs sing,
And on the grass tread many a ring,
And to their caves their venison bring,
And we will do as they do.

Our food is honey from the bees,
And mellow fruits that drop from trees.
In chace we climb the high degrees
Of ev'ry steepy mountain;
And when the weary day is past,
We at the evening hie us fast,
And after this, our field repast,
we drink the pleasant fountain.