O! all ye ladies fair and true (Robert Lucas Pearsall)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-18)  CPDL #56342:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-12-18).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 90 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: O! all ye ladies fair and true
Composer: Robert Lucas Pearsall
Lyricist: Robert Lucas Pearsall

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1878 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 11, no. 325


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Original text and translations

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1  O! all ye ladies fair and true,
We drink a double health to you!
With sweets the cup of life ye bless,
Which else were full of bitterness!
R:  Send round the toast; a bumper come!
We'll drink it super naculum!

2  To each young spinster starch and prim,
We'll fill our glasses to the brim!
And trust that in our wine she'll see
An antidote to prudery!

3  To all old maidens stiff and sour,
Libation also do we pour!
And grieve that we should wish in vain
To see them young and sweet again.

4  To ev'ry widow kind and free,
We drink a cup right heartily,
And hope that soon 'twill be her fate
To captivate another mate

5  Ye wives and maidens one and all,
For sympathy on you we call!
You'll not refuse it when you're told
We drink to men of metal bold!

6  And now we've sung our carol through,
And shed our wine for love of you!
We'll drink fair dreams and slumbers light,
And then, we'll wish you all good night.