Come pretty wag (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)

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  • (Posted 2017-11-25)  CPDL #47694:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-11-25).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 97 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #25105, transposed down a minor 2nd to E. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
  • (Posted 2011-12-06)  CPDL #25105:        (Sibelius 6)
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2011-12-06).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 60 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Score updated 20/09/12 to correct an error in alto bar 23. Score updated 3/11/2020 with corrections.

General Information

Title: Come pretty wag
Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Lyricist: Martin Peerson

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

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella

First published: 1898 in Eight Four-Part Songs, no. 6

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Original text and translations

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Come, pretty wag, and sing;
The sun's all-ripening wing
Fans up the wanton spring.
O let us both go chaunt it!
For now fresh May doth flaunt it!

Then with reports most sprightly
Trip with thy voice most lightly,
O sing, O sing so wittily,
For now, the cuckoo sings,
Cuckoo, cuckoo!
And echo doth rebound
And dally with the sound.