Sometimes a happy rustic swain (John Sale)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-05-14).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 175 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: Sometimes a happy rustic swain
Composer: John Sale
Lyricist: Metastasio (trans. Charles Burney)create page
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: c.1800 (n/d)

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Original text and translations

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Sometimes a happy rustic swain,
In cottage born, of humble stem,
Acquires with little toil and pain,
Thro' fortune's smiles, a diadem.

While he that's blasted by her frown,
To dire mischance is sure decreed;
And tho' entitled to a crown,
A field may till, a flock may feed.