Take heed, ye shepherd swains (Robert Lucas Pearsall)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-04)  CPDL #56169:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-12-04).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 88 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Take heed, ye shepherd swains
Composer: Robert Lucas Pearsall

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1840
    2nd published: 1877 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 10, no. 293

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Original text and translations

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Take heed, ye shepherd swains, beware!
In yonder grove the fair Sirena lies.
O! wake her not, nor venture there:
For Cupid lives within her eyes.
And if she open them on you,
Your hearts will quick be piercèd through.
So cold is she, and yet so fair;
That all who see, do bow the knee;
And worship in despair.