What shall he have that killed the deer? (John Stafford Smith)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-10-04).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 307 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

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Title: What shall he have that killed the deer?
Composer: John Stafford Smith
Lyricist: William Shakespeare
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1785
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Original text and translations

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What shall he have that killed the deer?
His leathern skin and horns to wear.
The horn, the horn, the lusty horn
Is not a thing to laugh to scorn.
Take you no scorn to wear the horn;
It was a crest ere thou wast born.
Thy father's father bore it,
And thy father wore it.
The horn, the horn, the lusty horn
Is not a thing to laugh to scorn.