A Song of Pages (Thomas Ravenscroft)

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  • (Posted 2014-05-14)  CPDL #32004:         
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2014-05-14).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 245 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 1999-05-20)  CPDL #00361:  IMSLP.png
Editor: Christian Mondrup (submitted 1999-05-20).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 88 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Scroll down to 5. A Song of Pages.

General Information

Title: A Song of Pages

Composer: Thomas Ravenscroft

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Melismata, No. 5

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Original text and translations

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Long haue we bin perplex and vext,
with a life that I loathed,
now may we sing:
hay ding, a ing, a ding,
and leaue to lament any longer,
glad to the heart to depart,
that I must bid adew to my master,
thankes to the heauens will I giue
while I liue for ioye
that I leaue him
gone may hee be downe,
neere more that we see downe
nor againe to come at vs
trole we the Boles,
lets in pretie soules,
to carrouse with the wenches.