We fays and fairies live unseen (Samuel Arnold)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-04-01).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 290 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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Title: We fays and fairies live unseen
Composer: Samuel Arnold
Lyricist: "Mr Arnold"create page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSAB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: c.1800 (n/d)
Description: It is not clear whether lyricist and composer are one and the same. The text is attributed to "Mr Arnold", at a time when the composer was invariably referred to as Dr Arnold.

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Original text and translations

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We fays and fairies live unseen,
Or sporting on the new-mown green.
From off the rose's thorny lip
Ambrosial dews and sweets we sip,
Steal the honey from the bee,
Dive for coral from the sea,
Suck the sweets from ev'ry flow'r,
Moisten'd by the evening hour.
On the moon's light beams we sit,
Thro' the air on bat's wing flit,
Till the cock proclaims the day.
Hark, now he crows "Come away".