Seruants out of Seruice (Thomas Ravenscroft)
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- Editor: Christian Mondrup (submitted 1999-05-20). Score information: A4, 2 pages, 65 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Scroll down to 6. Servants Out of Service.
Title: Seruants out of Seruice
Composer: Thomas Ravenscroft
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Secular, Madrigal
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1611 in Melismata, No. 6
Original text and translations
Heigh hoe, away the Mare,
let vs set aside all care,
if anyman be disposed to trie,
Loe here comes a lustie crew
that are enforced to crie,
anew Master anew,
Hey now, hey now,
We neither minde to begge nor starue
weel take small paines,
and yet will thriue hay now.
We will have more than we deserue,
weele cut their throats that are aliue.