Ill fares the land (Willem Verkaik)

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  • (Posted 2021-03-09)  CPDL #63400:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2021-03-09).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 338 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:

General Information

Title: Ill fares the land
Composer: Willem Verkaik
Lyricist: Oliver Goldsmith

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2021

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
Where wealth accumulates and men decay:
Princes and lords may flourish or may fade;
A breath can make them, as a breath has made;
But a bold peasantry, their country's pride,
When once destroyed, can never be supplied.

Oliver Goldsmith from "The deserted village".

Dutch.png Dutch translation

Het land is ziek, ten prooi aan groeiend kwaad,
Waar rijkdom woekert, waar de mens vergaat:
Vorsten en heren, zij komen en gaan;
Op niet meer dan een zucht rust hun bestaan.
Vernietigt men echter de boerenstand
Dan is't gedaan met deze trots van 't land.

Translation: Monique Janssens and Bruno de Greeve