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Peterisms: first set

Word count: 199

Song Cycle by Peter Warlock (1894 - 1930)

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1. Chopcherry [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

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Whenas the rye reach to the chin,
And chop-cherry, chop-cherry ripe within,
Straw berries swimming in the cream,
And schoolboys playing in the stream;
Then, O, then, O then, O, my true love said,
Till that time come again 
She could not live a maid.


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2. A sad song [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Translation(s): DUT GER

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Lay a garland on my hearse,
  Of the dismal yew,
Maidens, willow branches [bear]1,
  Say I died true.

My love was false, but I was firm
  [From my hour of birth;]2
Upon my buried body lie
  Lightly, [gentle]3 earth.


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1 Pearsall, A. Taylor: "wear"
2 omitted by Pearsall and A. Taylor
3 Pearsall, A. Taylor: "thou gentle"

Submitted by Ted Perry

3. Rutterkin [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

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Rutterkin is come unto our town
In a cloak without coat or gown
save ragged hood to cover his crown
Like a Rutterkin
Hoyda, hoyda, jolly Rutterkin!

Rutterkin can speak no English,
His tongue runneth all on butter'd fish,
Besmear'd with grease about his dish,
Like a Rutterkin
Hoyda, hoyda, jolly Rutterkin!

Rutterkin shall bring you all good luck,
A stoup of beer up at a pluck
Till his brain be as wise as a duck,
Like a Rutterkin
Hoyda, hoyda, jolly Rutterkin!

When Rutterkin from board shall rise,
He will piss a gallon pot full at twice,
And the overplus under the table of the new guise,
Like a Rutterkin
Hoyda, hoyda, jolly Rutterkin!


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