Ye gentlemen of England (John Wall Callcott)

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  • (Posted 2009-04-11)  CPDL #19210:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2009-04-11).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 44 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Ye gentlemen of England
Composer: John Wall Callcott
Lyricist: Thomas Campbell (poet)
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: ATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella (originally). Piano accompaniment added by William Horsley (1774-1858).

First published:
Description:  Also known as "The mariners". Not to be confused with "The new mariners" ("To all you ladies now at hand") also by Callcott. N.B. This statement is wrong; see discussion.
See also the propagandist parody devised by Samuel Wesley, You gentlemen on t'other side

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

You gentlemen of England, that live at home at ease,
Ah little do you think upon the dangers of the seas.
Give ear unto the mariners and they will plainly show
All the cares and the fears, when the stormy winds do blow.

If enemies oppose us, when England is at wars,
With any foreign Nations we fear not wounds nor scars.
Our roaring guns shall teach 'em our valour for to know,
Whilst they reel on the keel, when the stormy winds do blow.

Then courage all brave mariners and never be dismayed;
Whilst we have bold adventurers we ne'er shall want a trade.
Our merchants will employ us to fetch them wealth we know,
Then be bold work for gold, when the stormy winds do blow.