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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- by George Peele (1556? - 1596), appears in The Old Wives' Tale, first published 1595 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Carol Barratt , "Summer Song", published 1997, from Six "Songs" for Singing, no. 2. [text verified 1 time]
- by John Raynor (1909 - 1970), "Chopcherry" [baritone and piano] [text verified 1 time]
- by Peter Warlock (1894 - 1930), "Chopcherry", 1922, published 1923, from Peterisms: first set, no. 1. [text verified 1 time]
- by Peter Warlock (1894 - 1930), "Whenas the rye reach to the chin", 1918, published 1919. [text verified 1 time]
This text (or a part of it) is used in a work
- by (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "The driving boy", op. 44 no. 4 (1949) [soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, mixed chorus, boys' chorus, and orchestra], from Spring Symphony, no. 4..
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