Drink to me only (Traditional)

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  • (Posted 2015-09-14)  CPDL #36799:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2015-09-14).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 24 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: This edition is a transcription of the first known appearance of this popular glee in a collection of six glees "Composed by an amateur and most respectfully inscribed to Miss Fisher", London, c.1785. This publication pre-dates by some five years its arrangement published by John Wall Callcott, who is often (but clearly erroneously) credited with its composition. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.
  • (Posted 2014-07-01)  CPDL #32375:         
Editor: Johannes Becker (submitted 2014-07-01).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 69 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: SATB, arranged by H. Elliot Button (1861–1925).
  • (Posted 2013-06-06)  CPDL #29324:     
Editor: John Reager (submitted 2013-06-06).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 79 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: SAB, Key of F
  • (Posted 2010-04-21)  CPDL #21477:          (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Kayla Campbell (submitted 2010-04-19).   Score information: 19 x 26 cm, 1 page, 123 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Arranged for SATB
  • (Posted 2008-07-12)  CPDL #17571:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2008-07-12).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 23 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: For SSB. From "A select collection of catches, canons and glees, composed, selected and arranged by J.W. Callcott" [London c.1790] British Library Shelfmark D.413.
  • (Posted 2008-07-09)  CPDL #17477:  Network.png
Contributor: David Newman (submitted 2008-07-09).  Score information: Letter, 1 page, 66 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Cross posting by Art Song Central.
  • (Posted 2006-01-15)  CPDL #10746:        (Sibelius 3)
Editor: Philip Legge (submitted 2006-01-15).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 98 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Included in the TUMS Busking Book. Score begins on second page, after Alle psallite. Minor revision 28 May 2006 to reduce file size.

General Information

Title: Drink to me only
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional) sometimes attrib. to John Wall Callcott
Lyricist: Ben Jonson (1572 – 1637)

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicings: SAB, SSB or SATB
Genre: SecularAria

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

Description: Lyrics first published after March, 1616, in the poem "To Celia". Most likely attribution of the music is to John Wall Callcott (see the discussion at page 203 of James J Fuld’s The Book of World Famous Music”, and also page 151 of William Emmett Studwell's The Americana song reader). See also Drink to me only with thine eyes (Elizabeth Turner), earlier setting of Jonson's poem by Elizabeth Turner.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Drink to me only with thine eyes.