Willie's Courtship (David Colville)

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  • (Posted 2021-01-07)  CPDL #62305:         
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2021-01-07).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 85 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Willie's Courtship
Composer: David Colville
Lyricist:

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published:

Description: Originally published by F. Pitman Hart and Co, Hart's Part-Song and Glees. Number 47

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Original text and translations

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Young Willie came tapping at Dolly's window,
Tumpaty, tumpaty, tump!
He ask'd for admittance, she answer'd him, "No!"
Glumpaty, glumpaty, glamp!
"O Dolly, my dear, you're true love is here,"
Grumpaty, grumpaty, grump!
"No, no, Willie, no, as you came you must go,"
Stumpaty, stumpaty, stump!

Oh why so disdainful? the reason pray show,"
Pumpaty, pumpaty, pump!
Oh wherefore so curious the reason to know
Numpaty, numpaty, nump!
"Some rival more cherish'd I guess has been here,"
Crumpaty, crumpaty, crump!
"Suppose there's been two, Sir, pray what's that to you?"
Numpaty, numpaty, nump!

Oh, then like a madman he ran o'er the plain,
Jumpaty, jumpay, jump!
While Dolly recall'd him again and again,
Humpaty, humpaty, hump!
But a sigh and a look and his farewell he took,
Thumpaty, thumpaty, thump!
And in his despair he jump'd into the brook,
Plumpaty, plumpaty, plump!

His courage soon cool'd, for himself he had fool'd,
Grumpaty, grumpaty, grump!
So he swam to the shore, and saw Dolly once more,
Thumpaty, thumpaty, thump!
And Dolly, afraid she might die an old maid,
Mumpaty, mumpaty, mump!
Soon alter'd her mind and now gave answer kind,
Trumpaty, trumpaty, trump!

And Dolly, afraid she might die an old maid,
Mumpaty, mumpaty, mump!
Soon alter'd her mind and now gave answer kind,
Trumpaty, trumpaty, trump!