The party at the zoo (Septimus Winner)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-18)  CPDL #78342:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-18).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 536 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The party at the zoo
Composer: Septimus Winner
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1889 Harper & Bros.

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Original text and translations

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One morning in the summer time,
The birds out at the Zoo
Said they would give a party,
And invite the animals, too.
The goose she made a little pen
Out of a pretty quill,
And served the invitations,
Which she carried in her bill.

The Monkeys said they’d surely come
If they could get a chance,
The Kangaroo said he would too,
And have a little dance.
The Lion said he’d be around
And bring the sly Raccoon,
The big brown Bear said he’d be there,
And hug the old Baboon.

So very soon, one sunny morn,
They met upon the lawn,
The Cockatoo cried “how-de-doo,”
And scared the timid Fawn.
The Elephant and Nanny Goat
With ribbons on her horns,
Went dancing ’round, and trod upon
The poor old Camel’s corns.

They had a supper, very nice,
The Buffaloes ate hay;
The Kittens gobbled up some mice,
The Deer had grass all day,
The Goats ate popcorn paper, and
The Frogs on worms were fed;
The Monkeys had fresh peanuts,
The Ducks got milk and bread.

Night came at last, the moon was up,
And music was the thing,
The Crickets, Owls, and Katydids
Then all began to sing.
The Ducks and Geese began to quack,
The Tiger shook his head;
The Lion said, “Let’s say our prayers,
’Tis time to go to bed.”