My Phillida, adieu (John Sale)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-05-14).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 172 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: My Phillida, adieu
Composer: John Sale
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: c.1800 (n/d)

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Original text and translations

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My Phillida, adieu love!
For evermore farewell!
Ay me! I've lost my true love,
And thus I ring her knell,
Ding dong, ding dong, ding dong,
My Phillida is dead!
I'll stick a branch of willow
At my fair Phillis' head.

A garland shall be framed
By art and nature's skill,
Of sundry-colour'd flowers,
In token of good-will.

Instead of fairest flowers,
Set forth with curious art,
Her image shall be painted
On my distressed heart,
Ding dong, ding dong, ding dong.
My Phillida is dead!
I'll stick a branch of willow
At my poor Phillis' head.