Which is the properest day to sing? (Thomas Arne)

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General Information

Title: Which is the properest day to sing?
Composer: Thomas Arne

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: This glee started life as "Which is the properest day to drink", scored for male company, i.e. two tenors and a bass. A fourth part was added in the mid-nineteenth century, making the glee "equally suitable for ladies and gentleman", but still retaining the more robust words. It is not known when the bowdlerization was effected.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Original text:
Which is the properest day to drink?
Each is the properest day I think,
why should I name but one day?
Tell me but yours, I'll mention my day,
let us but fix on some day.
Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

English.png English text

Bowdlerized text:
Which is the properest day to sing?
Each to be sure 'tis a mighty fine thing!
why should I name but one day?

German.png German translation

„Welcher Tag eignet sich am besten zum Singen?
Samstag, Sonntag, Montag?“
„Jeder natürlich, es ist eine herrliche Sache!
Warum sollte ich nur einen Tag nennen?“
„Sag mir den deinen, so sage ich dir meinen Tag,
Welcher ist es? Lass uns nur einen Tag bestimmen.“
„Bravo, bravo! Warum sollte ich nur einen Tag nennen?
Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag,
Samstag, Sonntag, Montag.“