Sweet love for me (Charles Villiers Stanford)

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  • (Posted 2013-01-10)  CPDL #28013:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2013-01-10).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 115 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Sweet love for me
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1892
Description: Originally published by Novello and Co. Part of Six Elizabethan Pastorals Op. 49 No. 4

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Original text and translations

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Fa la la la la la la,

Jolly shepherd, shepherd on a hill,
On a hill so merrily, On a hill so cheerily,
Fear not, shepherd, there to pipe thy fill,
Fill ev'ry dale, fill ev'ry plain:
Both sing and say, "Love feels no pain."

Jolly shepherd, shepherd on a green,
On a green so merrily, On a green so cheerily,
Be thy voice shrill, be thy mirth seen,
Heard to each swain, seen to each trull;
Both sing and say, "Love's joy is full."

Jolly shepherd, shepherd in the sun,
In the sun so merrily, In the sun so cheerily,
Sing forth thy songs, and let thy rhymes run
down to the dales from the hills above:
Both sing and say, "No life to love."

Jolly shepherd, shepherd in the shade,
In the shade so merrily, In the shade so cheerily,
Joy in thy life, life full of shepherd's trade,
Joy in thy love, love full of glee:
Both sing and say, "Sweet love for me."

Fa la la la la la la.