The boy (Herbert Brewer)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-27)  CPDL #75796:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-27).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 722 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Uses the poem as it appears in other 19th Century publications, closing with “on to eternity” rather than “into futurity.”
  • (Posted 2022-07-22)  CPDL #70094:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2022-07-22).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 184 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: The boy
Composer: Herbert Brewer
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongHumorous Song

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1911 Novello part-song book (new series) no.1310

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Original text and translations

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A humble boy with a shining pail
Went gladly singing adown the dale
To where the cow with the brindle tail
On clover her palate did regale.

A bumble-bee did gaily sail
Far over the soft and shadowy vale
To where the boy with the shiny pail
Was milking the cow with the brindle tail.

The bee lit down on the cow’s left ear,
Her heels flew up through the atmosphere—
And thro’ the leaves of the chestnut tree
The boy soared into futurity. (on to eternity.)