Songe to Aelle (John Wall Callcott)

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Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2008-05-26).   Score information: A4 (landscape), 9 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The original spelling of Chatterton's poem has been restored in this edition.

General Information

Title: Songe to Aelle, sometimes spelt "Ella"
Composer: John Wall Callcott
Lyricist: Thomas Chatterton (1752 – 1770)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB

Genre: SecularPartsong

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

Published: Not known

Description: A four part glee. Pssibly part 1 of a set with Calcott's glee "Oh thou where'er (thie bones att reste)"

External websites: The full annotated text of Chatterton's poem may be found at the online version of "The History of English Poetry: From the Eleventh to the Seventeenth Century" By Thomas Warton. page 346

Original text and translations

Middle_English.png Middle English text Songe to Aelle

Lines 1 to 4

by Thomas Chatterton (1752-1770)

O thou or whatt remaynes of thee,
Aelle the darlynge of futuritie
Lette this mie songe bolde as thy courage bee,
As everlastynge to posterytie!