Why should the cuckoo's tuneful note (Robert Lucas Pearsall)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-24)  CPDL #56404:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-12-24).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 120 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Why should the cuckoo's tuneful note
Composer: Robert Lucas Pearsall
Lyricist: Robert Lucas Pearsall

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1878 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 11, no. 322

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Original text and translations

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Why should the cuckoo's tuneful note
Offend the married ear?
The sound that cometh from her throat
Is musical and clear.
The nightingale cries yook! yook! yook!
And terru, terru, too!
But these are sounds not half so soft
As chanteth the cuckoo!
O list! her voice I hear, Cuckoo! Cuckoo!
O never, never fear!
No horn accompaniment is near.