As ever I saw (Peter Warlock)

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Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2020-09-23).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 309 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: As ever I saw
Composer: Peter Warlock
Lyricist: Anonymous

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1919

Description: A musical setting of a 16th/17th Century text from British Library Harleian MS 7578, folio 85. For a setting based on the original music to the same words see As ever I saw

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Original text and translations

Early Modern English text

My lady is a prety on, a prety, prety, prety on My lady is a prety on, as ever I saw.

She is gentyll and also wysse
Of all other she berith the price

that ever I saw.

To here hir syng, to se her dance
she wyll the best herself advance

that ever I saw.

To se her fyngers that be so small,
In my consait she passeth all

that euer I saw.

Nature in her hath wonderly wroght,
Crist never sych a nother bowght

that ever I saw.

I haue sene many that have bowty.
Yet is ther non like to my lady,

that euer I saw.

therefor I dare this boldly say,
I shall have the best and farest may,*

that ever I saw.

My lady is a prety on, etc.</>

  • "may" = “mate"