The bells of St Michael's tower (Robert Prescott Stewart)

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  • (Posted 2020-04-12)  CPDL #57961:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-04-12).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 142 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The bells of St Michael's tower
Composer: Robert Prescott Stewart
Lyricist:

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATBB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella, or Keyboard acc.

First published: 1882 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 15, no. 432

Description: An arrangement of Charles Knyvett's 3-part glee.

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Original text and translations

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Ding dong bell.
Merrily, merrily rung the bells,
The bells of St Michael's tower,
When Richard Penlake, and Rebecca his wife,
Arrived at the church door.
Merrily, merrily rung the bells,
The bells of St Michael's tower.

Richard Penlake was a cheerful man
Cheerful and frank and free,
But he led a sad life with Rebecca his wife,
For a terrible shrew was she.
Merrily, merrily rung the bells,
The bells of St Michael's tower.

Richard Penlake a scolding would take
Till patience availed no longer.
Richard Penlake a crab-stick would take,
And show her that he was the stronger.
Merrily, merrily rung the bells,
The bells of St Michael's tower.