The cryer (Charles King Hall)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2022-06-14).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 233 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The cryer
Composer: Charles King Hall
Lyricist: Michael Drayton
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1892 The Orpheus (New series) no.240

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Original text and translations

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Good folk, for gold or hire,
But help me to a cryer;
For my poorheart is run astray
After two eyes, that passed this way.
O yes, O yes, O yes!
If there be any man,
In towne or country, can
Bring me my heart again,
I'll please him for his pain.
And by these marks I will you show,
That only I this heart do owe.
It is a wounded heart,
Wherein yet sticks the dart,
Ev'ry piece sore hurt throughout it,
Faith and troth, writ round about it:
It was a tame Heart, and a dear,
And never used to roam;
But having got this haunt, I fear
'Twill hardly stay at home.
For God's sake, walking by the way,
If you my heart do see,
Either impound it for a stray,
Or send it back to me.