Come, shepherd swains (Healey Willan)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-18)  CPDL #78317:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-18).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 374 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2023-01-02)  CPDL #72126:     
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2023-01-02).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 63 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Come, Shepherrd swains
Composer: Healey Willan
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1907 Novello and Co.

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Original text and translations

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Come, shepherd swains, that wont to hear me,
Sing now, sigh and groan;
Dead is my love, dead is my hope, my joy, my spring.
Oh, she that was your summer's queen,
Your day's delight, is gone and will no more be seen.
O cruel sprite, break all your pipes,
That wont to sound with pleasant cheer,
And cast yourselves upon the ground
To wail my dear.
Come shepherds, swains,
Come nymphs all around, to help me cry.
Dead is my love, and seeing she is so,
Lo, now I die.