Let me the canakin clink (John Blackwood McEwen)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-15).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 658 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Let me the canakin clink
Composer: John Blackwood McEwen
Lyricist: William Shakespeare
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1905 Novello and Co.
Description: Othello Act 2, scene 3

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Let me the canakin clink;
A soldier’s a man;
A life’s but a span;
Why, then, let a soldier drink.

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King Stephen was a worthy peer,
His breeches cost him but a crown;
He held them sixpence all too dear,
With that he call’d the tailor lown.

He was a wight of high renown,
And thou art but of low degree:
’Tis pride that pulls the country down;
Then take thine auld cloak about thee.

Act 2, scene 3