Ye Singers all (Gustav Mehner)
- Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-16). Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 562 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes:
First published: 1916 H. W. Gray
Original text and translations
Ye singers all, both great and small,
Who tear your throats with screaming notes,
Give o’er in pity.
With softer strain begin again:
That we may find, if so inclined,
The meaning of your ditty.
Sing sweet and clear like yonder nightingale,
Whose love sick note is heard along the vail.
Mark well the time, yet not with too much violence;
Keep true the tune, or better far keep silence.
Nor let this golden rule unheeded pass,
No wise man singeth with an empty glass.