Down in my garden fair (Robert Lucas Pearsall)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-11)   CPDL #56239:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-12-11).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Down in my garden fair
Composer: Robert Lucas Pearsall
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Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 11, no. 311

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Original text and translations

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Down in my garden fair
Do pinks and roses bloom,
And flirt with every passing air
That stealeth their perfume.
And does not lovely Phillida
Her beauty bright display,
And flirt with every shepherd swain?
But none takes aught away!
Her eyes, like diamonds bright to view
Do make their lustre felt;
Her heart is like a diamond, too,
Impossible to melt!
Ye lovely maidens, have a care,
Call reason to your aid;
Be merciful while you are fair,
For like a flower you fade!