Take heed, ye shepherd swains (Robert Lucas Pearsall)
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- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-12-04). Score information: A4, 7 pages, 88 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
Title: Take heed, ye shepherd swains
Composer: Robert Lucas Pearsall
Number of voices: 6vv Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: Secular, Madrigal
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1840
2nd published: 1877 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 10, no. 293
Original text and translations
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.