Who shall win my lady fair? (Robert Lucas Pearsall)

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  • (Posted 2013-07-02)  CPDL #29558:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2013-07-02).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 75 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2009-02-07)  CPDL #18887:       
Editor: Mark Chapman (submitted 2009-02-07).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 416 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: This edition has the first line 'Who shall have my lady fair?'

General Information

Title: Who shall win my lady fair?
Composer: Robert Lucas Pearsall

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB

Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1869
  2nd published: 1877 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 10, no. 287
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Original text and translations

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Who shall win[have] my lady fair,
When the leaves are green?
Who but I should win my lady fair,
When the leaves are green?
Who shall win my lady,
When the leaves are green?
Not you, no, no,
The bravest man that best love can
Shall win my lady fair.
Dandirly, dandirly, dandirly dan,
He shall marry her, he's the man;
Dandirly, dandirly, dandirly dan,
When the leaves are green,
He shall marry my lady,
When the leaves are green.

Will you bury my lady fair,
When the leaves are green?
No, not I; I won't bury my lady fair,
When the leaves are green.
Will you bury my lady,
When the leaves are green?
Will you? Why so?
I'd rather marry my lady fair,
E'en though the trees were bare.
Dandirly, dandirly, dandirly dan,
She shall marry a proper man;
Dandirly, dandirly, dandirly dan,
When the leaves are green,
He shall marry my lady,
When the leaves are green.