Woodmen, Shepherds, come away (John Ebenezer West)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-18)  CPDL #78310:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-18).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 681 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Woodmen, Shepherds, come away
Composer: John Ebenezer West
Lyricist: James Shirley
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, S divisi
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1903 Novello and Co.

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Original text and translations

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Woodmen, shepherds, come away,
This is Pan’s great holiday,
Throw off cares,
With your heaven-aspiring airs
Help us to sing,
While valleys with your echoes ring.

Nymphs that dwell within these groves,
Leave your arbours, bring your loves,
Gather posies,
Crown your golden hair with roses;
As you pass
Foot like fairies on the grass.

Joy crown our bowers! Philomel,
Forth your sweetest measures tell.
Let trees dance,
As they at Thracian lyre did once;
Mountains play,
This is the shepherds’ holiday.

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