Green willow (John Clarke-Whitfeld)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-06-12).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 206 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.

General Information

Title: Green willow
Composer: John Clarke-Whitfeld
Lyricist: William Shakespeare
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1798 in Op. 4
Description: This setting of Desdemona's song is possibly the only one that has "her head on her bosom, her hand on her knee", and not the usual hand/bosom head/knee contortion.

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Original text and translations

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The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree,
Sing O the green willow,
Her head on her bosom, her hand on her knee,
Sing O the green willow;
The fresh streams ran by her and murmured her moans,
Green willow, green willow,
The salt tears ran from her and softened the stones.
Sing O the green willow;
The willow shall be my garland.

Original text and translations may be found at The willow song.