Welladay (Traditional)

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  • (Posted 2013-09-10)  CPDL #30104:     
Editor: David Millard (submitted 2013-09-10).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 45 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Setting of a traditional Twelfth Night song.

General Information

Title: Welladay
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

Description: Text and tune probably of seventeenth century origin.

External websites:

Original text and translations

English.png English text

Christmas hath made an end,
welladay, welladay!
which was my dearest friend;
more is the pity.
For, with a heavy heart
must I from thee depart
to follow plough and cart
all the year after.

Lent is fast coming on
welladay, welladay!
that loves not anyone,
more is the pity.
For I doubt both my cheeks
will look thin eating leaks;
wise then, is he that seeks
for a friend in a corner.

All our good cheer is gone,
welladay, welladay!
and turned to a stone,
more is the pity.
In my good master’s house
I shall eat no more souse;
then give me one carouse,
gentle, kind butler.

It grieves me to the heart
welladay, welladay!
from my friend to depart;
more is the pity.
Christmas, I mean, ’tis thee
that thus forsaketh me;
yet till one hour I see
will I be merry.