I loved a lass, a fair one (John Liptrot Hatton)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-10-12).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 147 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: I loved a lass, a fair one
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: George Wither

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1874 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 7, no. 237


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Original text and translations

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1  I loved a lass, a fair one,
As fair as e'er was seen;
She was indeed a rare one,
Another Sheba Queen.
But, fool as then I was,
I thought she loved me too:
But now, alas! she's left me
Falero, lero, loo.

2  Her hair like gold did glister,
Each eye was like a star;
She did surpass her sister,
Which passed all others far;
The tears stood in her eyes,
Like to the morning dew:
But now, alas! she's left me
Falero, lero, loo.

3  Her cheeks were like the cherry,
Her skin as white as snow;
When she was blythe and merry,
She angel-like did show;
Her waist exceeding small;
The fives did fit her shoe:
But now, alas! she's left me
Falero, lero, loo.

4  To maidens' vows and swearing,
Henceforth no credit give;
You may give them a hearing,
But never them believe;
They are as false as fair,
Unconstant, frail, untrue:
For mine, alas! Hath left me,
Falero, lero, loo.