Ye Singers all (Gustav Mehner)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-16)  CPDL #77395:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-16).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 562 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Ye Singers all
Composer: Gustav Mehner
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1916 H. W. Gray

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Ye singers all, both great and small,
Who tear your throats with screaming notes,
Give o’er in pity.
With softer strain begin again:
That we may find, if so inclined,
The meaning of your ditty.

Sing sweet and clear like yonder nightingale,
Whose love sick note is heard along the vail.
Mark well the time, yet not with too much violence;
Keep true the tune, or better far keep silence.
Nor let this golden rule unheeded pass,
No wise man singeth with an empty glass.

16th Century