Merrily sing (John Harrison Tenney)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-06-07).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 364 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Merrily sing
Composer: John Harrison Tenney
Lyricist: Anzentia Igene Perry Chapman
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1880 The Ruebush-Kieffer Co.
Description: TEMPERANCE SONG

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Original text and translations

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The beautiful water, that’s flowing so free,
Is surely the bev’rage for you and for me;
It bubbles and flashes with pure, sparkling light;
No chalice of poison could e’er shine so bright.

Merrily, merrily, merrily sing,
Water, cold water, just brought from the spring;
Merrily, merrily, merrily sing,
Water, cold water, just brought from the spring.

No wine will we drink; very well do we know
There lurketh a monster beneath its bright glow;
The wine with its brilliance imparteth a sting:
’Tis water, cold water, we merrily sing.

Come, hasten and write down your name on this page;
Come, enter the ranks and the foe disengage;
No longer stand halting, but give us your hand;
For grandly is marching our cold-water band.