Greensleeves (Anonymous)

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  • CPDL #10748:      (Sibelius 3)
Editor: Philip Legge (submitted 2006-01-15).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 98 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Included in the TUMS Busking Book. Slightly revised 28 May 2006 for smaller file size. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #01805:  Network.png PDF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Eva Toller (submitted 2000-11-27).   Score information: 19.7 x 28.4, 2 pages, 33 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: arr. Eva Toller for TTBB. MIDI files available for each part.

General Information

Title: Greensleeves
Composer: Anonymous, but sometimes attributed to Henry VIII
Tune: Greensleeves

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

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1. Alas, my love, you do me wrong,
To cast me off discourteously.
For I have loved you well and long,
Delighting in your company.
Greensleeves was all my joy
Greensleeves was my delight,
Greensleeves was my heart of gold,
And who but my lady greensleeves.

2. I have been ready at your hand,
To grant whatever thou wouldst crave;,
I have both wagered life and land,
Your love and good-will for to have.
Greensleeves was all ...

3. I bought thee petticoats of the best,
The cloth so fine as it might be;
I gave thee jewels for thy chest,
And all this cost I spent on thee.
Greensleeves was all ...

4. Thy smock of silk, both fair and white,
With gold embroidered gorgeously;
Thy petticoat of sendal right,
And these I bought thee gladly.
Greensleeves was all ...

5. Well I pray to God on high,
That thou my constancy mayst see,
And that yet once before I die,
Thou wilt vouchsafe to love me.
Greensleeves was all ...

6. Greensleeves, now farewell, adieu,
God I pray to prosper thee,
For I am still thy lover true,
Come once again and love me.