The fairies (Walter Cecil Macfarren)

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  • (Posted 2019-11-10)  CPDL #55863:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-11-10).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 122 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The fairies
Composer: Walter Cecil Macfarren
Lyricist: William Allingham

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1876 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 9, no. 266
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Original text and translations

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Up the airy mountain,
Down the rushy glen,
We daren't go a-hunting
For fear of little men;
Wee folk, good folk,
Trooping all together;
Green jacket, red cap,
And grey-cock's feather!

Down along the rocky shore
Some make their home,
They live on crispy pancakes
Of yellow tide-foam;
Some in the reeds
Of the black mountain lake,
With frogs for their watch-dogs,
All night awake.

By the craggy hill-side,
Through the mosses bare,
They have planted thorn-trees
For pleasure here and there.
If any man so daring
As dig them up in spite,
He shall find their thornies
In his bed at night.

Up the airy mountain,
Down the rushy glen,
We daren't go a-hunting
For fear of little men.