Go, idle boy (John Wall Callcott)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-12)  CPDL #75352:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2023-09-12).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 396 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. Prepared from the primary source
  • (Posted 2021-09-14)  CPDL #65789:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-09-14).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 194 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcription of the Novello edition

General Information

Title: Go, idle boy
Composer: John Wall Callcott
Lyricist: Robert Merry
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1789 Warren's twenty-eighth collection
    2nd published: 1851 Novello's Glee Hive no.22

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Original text and translations

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Go, idle boy! I quit thy pow'r;
Thy couch of many a thorn and flow'r;
I wish thee well, for pleasures past,
And bless the hour I'm free at last.
Yet still, methinks, the alter'd day
Scatters around a mournful ray;
And chilling ev'ry zephyr blows,
And ev'ry stream untuneful flows.
Haste, haste thee back then, idle boy,
And with thine anguish bring thy joy:
O rend my heart with ev'ry pain,
But let me, let me love again.