It Was A Lover And His lass

Scored for: SATB & piano
Level: 4 mins
Duration: Medium

Other Info: It Was A Lover And His Lass by Will Todd was commissioned by Oxford University Press for their 2016 publication Shall I Compare Thee?  a compilation commissioned to celebrate the four hundredth anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. It Was A Lover And His Lass is a lively and up tempo setting of the well known Shakespeare text from As You Like It.

OUP's description

The volume pays tribute to Britain's greatest writer, presenting a selection of his finest texts set to music by some of today's most accomplished choral composers.

It was a lover and his lass,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
That o’er the green cornfield did pass,
In springtime, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding;
Sweet lovers love the spring.

Between the acres of the rye,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
Those pretty country folks would lie,
In springtime, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding;
Sweet lovers love the spring.

This carol they began that hour,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
How that a life was but a flower
In springtime, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding;
Sweet lovers love the spring.

And therefore take the present time,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
For love is crownèd with the prime
In springtime, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding;
Sweet lovers love the spring.

Available to purchase from good music shops. It Was A Lover And His Lass is published by Oxford University Press in their publication How Shall I Compare Thee?

 

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Price: £11.95

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