The toper's glee (Carl Friedrich Zelter)

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  • (Posted 2022-04-21)  CPDL #68914:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2022-04-21).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 129 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The toper's glee
Composer: Carl Friedrich Zelter
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTBB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1879 The Orpheus (New series) no.62

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Original text and translations

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Oh, what a thirsty year we're in!
My throat has ever parched been,
From morn to night 'tis dry;
I'm like a fish upon the sand,
Or droughty piece of barren land;
Bring wine, or I shall die.
Oh, bring me wine!

The wind that blows is westward bound,
No rain, no dew, to cool the ground,
No drinking stays my thirst,
To drink and drink is still my cry,
The cellar must be nearly dry,
Of earthly ills the worst.
Oh, bring me wine!

Now all who love the noble juice,
Of which great Bacchus taught the use,
Fill high each sparkling glass.
Be this the toast, and drink it round,
May this year's growth be shortly found
All others to surpass.
Oh glorious wine!