Seven Short Songs for voice, recorder and piano

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1. Here we come a-piping [sung text checked 1 time]

Here we come a-piping 
In Spring time and in May;
Green fruit a ripening, 
And Winter fled away,
The Queen she sits upon the strand
Fair as a lily, white as a wand;
Seven billows on the sea,
Horses riding fast and free,
And bells beyond the sand.

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Set by by Nicholas Marshall (b. 1942), published 2001 [ voice, recorder, and piano ], Manchester, Forsyth Publications

Researcher for this text: Mike Pearson

2. Cradle Song (Berceuse sur les touches blanches) [sung text not yet checked]

Baban bach
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Set by by Geoffrey Bush (1920 - 1998), published 2001 [ voice, recorder, and piano ], Manchester, Forsyth Publications

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3. The lamb that e’er the world began (Now carol we) [sung text checked 1 time]

The lamb that e’er the world began
Was sacrificed for sin,
Which for to suck his mother’s milk
This day did first begin.

Now carol us, and carol we,
And Hallelujah sing.
Peace be on earth, good will to men,
Glory to God our King.

The angels’ joy pronounced his birth;
The shepherds ran to look;
A star did guide the pilgrimage
The wise men undertook.

Now carol us, and carol we,
And Hallelujah sing.
Peace be on earth, good will to men,
Glory to God our King.

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Set by by Inglis Gundry (1905 - 2000), published 2001 [ voice, recorder, and piano ], Manchester, Forsyth Publications

Researcher for this text: Mike Pearson

4. To Musick [sung text checked 1 time]

Begin to charm, and as thou strok’st my ears
With thy [endearment]1, melt me into tears.
Then let thy active hand scud o’er thy lyre:
And make my spirits frantic with the fire.
That done, sink down into a silv’ry strain;
And make me smooth as Balm, and Oil again.

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Set by by John Golland (1942 - 1993), published 2001 [ voice, recorder, and piano ], Manchester, Forsyth Publications

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1 Nyman: "enchantment"

Research team for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor] , Mike Pearson

5. Song at evening [sung text not yet checked]

In the garden sweetly sings a solitary bird
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Set by by Geoffrey Kimpton (b. 1927), published 2001 [ voice, recorder, and piano ], Manchester, Forsyth Publications

6. In the still air [sung text checked 1 time]

In the still air the music lies unheard;
In the rough, marble beauty lies unseen;
To wake the music and the beauty needs
The master’s touch, the sculptor’s chisel keen.

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Set by by David Campbell Dorward (b. 1933), published 2001 [ voice, recorder, and piano ], Manchester, Forsyth Publications

Researcher for this text: Mike Pearson

7. I know a bank [sung text checked 1 time]

I know a bank [whereon the wild thyme blows]1,
Where [oxlips]2 and the nodding violet grows
[Quite over-canopied with luscious]3 woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine:
There sleeps [Titania some time]4 of the night,
Lull'd in [these]5 flowers with dances and delight.
And there the snake throws [her]6 enameled skin,
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in.

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Set by by Betty Roe (b. 1930), published 2001 [ medium voice, recorder, and piano ]

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1 Roe: "where the whild thyme grows"
2 Lehmann: "oxlip"
3 Proctor-Gregg: "All over-canopied by luscious"; Harrison: "Quite over-canopied by lush"
4 Lehmann: "our Fairy Queen some times"
5 Lehmann: "the"
6 Proctor-Gregg: "his"

Researcher for this text: Barbara Miller