Songe to Aelle (John Wall Callcott)

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  • (Posted 2008-05-26)  CPDL #16997:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2008-05-26).   Score information: A4 (landscape), 9 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The original spelling of Chatterton's poem has been restored in this edition.

General Information

Title: Songe to Aelle, sometimes spelt "Ella"
Composer: John Wall Callcott
Lyricist: Thomas Chatterton

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: Middle English
Instruments: A cappella (originally). Piano accompaniment added by William Horsley.

First published:
Description: A four part glee. Possibly part 1 of a set with Callcott's glee Oh thou where'er (thie bones att reste).

External websites:

  • The full annotated text of Chatterton's poem may be found at the online version of "The History of English Poetry: From the Eleventh to the Seventeenth Century" By Thomas Warton. page 346

Original text and translations

Middle_English.png Middle English text

'Songe to Aelle
Lines 1 to 4
by Thomas Chatterton (1752-1770)

O thou or whatt remaynes of thee,
Aelle the darlynge of futuritie

Lette this mie songe bolde as thy courage bee,
As everlastynge to posterytie!