The King and the Miller (Maro Loomis Bartlett)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-19)  CPDL #75537:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-19).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 463 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The King and the Miller
Composer: Maro Loomis Bartlett
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1901 Echo Music Co.

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Original text and translations

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There dwelt a miller, hale and bold,
Beside the river Dee;
He worked and sang from morn till night,
No lark more blithe than he.
And this the burden of his song
Forever used to be,
“I envy no one, no, not I,
And no one envies me.”

“Thou’rt wrong, my friend,” said old king Hal,
“As wrong as wrong can be;
For could my heart be light as thine,
I’d gladly change with thee.
And tell me now, what makes thee sing
With voice so loud and free,
While I am sad, tho’ I am king,
Beside the river Dee?”

The miller smiled and doffed his cap,
“I earn my bread,” quoth he;
“I love my wife, I love my friend,
I love my children three.
I owe no one I cannot pay;
I thank the river Dee
That turns the mill that grinds the corn
To feed my babes and me.”

“Good friend,” said Hal, and sighed the while,
“Farewell, and happy be,
But say no more, if thou be true,
That no one envies thee;
Thy mealy cap is worth my crown,
Thy mill my kingdom’s fee;
Such men as thou are England’s boast,
O miller of the Dee!”

Traditional English folksong from Chester