Ere you can say (Thomas Linley the younger)

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General Information

Title: Ere you can say
Composer: Thomas Linley the younger
Lyricist: William Shakespeare
Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: solo high
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published:
Description: Thomas Linley's setting of Ariel's song was composed with an orchestral accompaniment as part of his incidental music for "The Tempest", 1777. This reduced version was issued posthumously by his brother William in his own anthology of Shakespearean settings, 1816.

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Original text and translations

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Ere you can say 'come' and 'go',
Or breathe twice, or cry 'so, so',
Each one, tripping on his toe,
Will be here with mop and mow.
Do you love me, master? no?