I have a house and land in Kent (Thomas Ravenscroft)

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  • (Posted 2014-05-14)  CPDL #32005:        
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2014-05-14).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 173 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Arranged by Andreas Stenberg. Version with an instrumental Ritornello, Solo voice (tenor) acc. by instruments and chorus.
  • (Posted 2001-06-06)  CPDL #02767:  Network.png
Editors: Greg Lindahl and Bernard Roth (submitted 2001-06-06).   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: I have a house and land in Kent
Composer: Thomas Ravenscroft

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: 4 equal voices
Genre: SecularCanon

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Melismata, no. 22

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Original text and translations

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2. Ich am my vathers eldest zonne,
my mother eke doth loue me well,
For ich can brauely clout my shoone,
and ich full well can ring a bell.

3. My vather he gaue me a hogge,
my mouther she gaue me a zow,
I haue a God-vather dwels there by,
and he on me bestowed a plow.
He has a God-vather dwels there by,
and he on him bestowed a plow.

4. One time I gaue thee a paper of pins
anoder time a taudry lace:
And if thou wilt not grant me loue,
in truth ich die beuore thy vace.

5. Ich haue beene twise our Whitson Lord,
ich haue had Ladies many vare,
And eke thou hast my heart in hold,
and in my mind seemes passing rare.

6. Ich will put on my best white stoppe,
and ich will weare my yellow hose,
And on my head a good gray hat,
and in't ich sticke a lauely rose.

7. Wherefore cease off, make no delay,
and if you'le loue me, loue me now,
Or els ich zeeke zome oder where,
for I cannot come euery day to woo.
Or els hee'le zeek zome oder where,
for he cannot come euery day to woo.