The Fox and the Grapes (Lowell Mason)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-15).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 251 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Fox and the Grapes
Composer: Lowell Mason
Lyricist: Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1846 Mason Brothers

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Original text and translations

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A hungry fox one day did spy
Some nice rich grapes, that hung so high;
And as they hung, they seemed to say
To the fox, who underneath did stay,
“If you can fetch us down, you may!”

The fox his patience nearly lost,
And all his expectations crossed;
He licked his lips for near an hour,
Till he found the prize beyond his power—
And then he said the grapes were sour.