The fool's air and prophecy

Set by Steven Ebel , "The fool's air and prophecy", 2007 [ tenor, flute, violin, cello, piano ]  [sung text checked 1 time]

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He that has and a little tiny wit --
With [hey, ho]1, the wind and the rain, --
Must make content with his fortunes fit,
[For]2 the rain it raineth every day.

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1 Ebel: "heigh-ho"
2 Fortner: "Though"

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This is a brave night to cool a courtezan.
I'll speak a prophecy ere I go:
When priests are more in word than matter;
When brewers mar their malt with water;
When nobles are their tailors' tutors;
No heretics burn'd, but wenches' suitors;
When every case in law is right;
No squire in debt, nor no poor knight;
When slanders do not live in tongues;
Nor cutpurses come not to throngs;
When usurers tell their gold i' the field;
And bawds and whores do churches build;
Then shall the realm of Albion
Come to great confusion:
Then comes the time, who lives to see't,
That going shall be used with feet.
This prophecy Merlin shall make; for I live before his time.

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