Ye gallant men of England, Op.28 no.1 (Eduard Hecht)

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  • (Posted 2020-07-02)  CPDL #59482:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-07-02).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 120 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Ye gallant men of England
Composer: Eduard Hecht
Lyricist: Edwin Waugh

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1885 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 18, no. 504
Description:  Dedicated to the Stretford Choral Society.

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Original text and translations

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Ye gallant men of England, of noble races bred,
Remember how your fathers for liberty have bled;
Stand to your ancient banners in a thousand battles torn,
The banners of Great Britain to a thousand victories borne.

Ye sons of ancient heroes, and heirs to England's fame,
Wherever danger threatens, be worthy of your name;
And hurl each bold aggressor into his native lair,
To rule the slaves and traitors that crawl around him there.

Though knaves and cowards tremble beneath despotic sway,
And fools to wily tyrants resign a willing prey,
The race of island lions, bred by the Western main,
The freedom won by battle, by battle can maintain.