O happy fair (William Shield)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-09-12).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 163 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-09-12).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 139 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: O happy fair
Composer: William Shield
Lyricist: William Shakespeare
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicings: SSB or TTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1800 The Flowers of Harmony
  2nd published: 1851 Novello's Glee Hive no.18
Description: Setting from A Midsummer Night's Dream, composed for men's voices

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Original text and translations

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O happy fair,
Your eyes are load-stars/lodestars* and your tongue sweet air:
More tuneable than lark to shepherd's ear,
When wheat is green, when hawthorn buds appear.

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