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Tom sang for joy and Ned sang for joy and old Sam sang for joy; All we four boys piped up loud, just like one boy; And the ladies that sate with the Squire - their cheeks were all wet, For the noise of the voice of us boys, when we sang our Quartette. Tom he piped low and Ned he piped low and old Sam he piped low; Into a sorrowful fall did our music flow; And the ladies that sate with the Squire vowed they'd never forget How the eyes of them cried for delight, when we sang our Quartette.
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- by Walter De la Mare (1873 - 1956), "The quartette", appears in Peacock Pie: A Book of Rhymes, in 2. Boys and Girls, no. 2, first published 1913 [author's text checked 1 time 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 George Alfred Grant-Schaefer (1872 - 1939), "The quartet", published 1932 [ voice and piano ], in the collection Music of Many Lands and Peoples [sung text not yet checked]
- by Juliana Hall (b. 1958), "The quartette ", 1989, first performed 1995 [ tenor and piano ], from Peacock Pie -- 20 songs for Tenor and Piano, no. 10 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Dom Thomas Symons (1887 - 1975), "The quartette", published 1937 [ voice and piano ], from Two de la Mare Songs [sung text not yet checked]
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This text was added to the website: 2008-01-13
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