Come ye tuneful sisters (William Croft)

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  • (Posted 2020-07-05)  CPDL #59537:       
Editor: Jonathan Harris (submitted 2020-07-05).   Score information: A4, 16 pages, 216 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Come ye tuneful sisters
Composer: William Croft
Lyricist: Mr A Alsopcreate page

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: ATB
Genre: SecularAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1720

Description: Written for the wedding of Dr John Dolben, Vicar of St Mary's, Finedon, Northamptonshire, UK. First performed in September 1720 by William Croft, Mr Hughes, Mr Freeman and Mr Baker (all well-known singers from London).

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Original text and translations

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Come all, ye tuneful sisters,
bring each warbling voice, each vocal string.
'Tis Strephon bids attend.
Strephon the joy of ev'ry heart a friend.
Phebus thou God of health and song
preside in the melodious throng,
and grace the genial feast.

Let the sweet female Treble join the manly Bass,
and both combine to charm each am'rous breast.

Hail to Elisa, chast and fair.
Hail to the loving lovely pair.
Guard 'em ye pow'rs above in all life's long and happy scene,
let nought be heard, let nought be seen but harmony and love.