Ho, who comes here (Thomas Morley)

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  • CPDL #25174:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-12-17).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Ho! who comes here?
Composer: Thomas Morley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SSAT or SAAT
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1594 in Madrigals to Four Voices, no. 18

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Original text and translations

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Ho, who comes here all along with bagpiping and drumming?
O the Morris 'tis I see, 'tis the Morris dance a coming.
Come Ladies, come, come, quickly, come Ladies,
come, come, quickly, come away come, I say,
and see about how trim they dance and trickly.
Hey there again, hey, ho, there again, hey, ho,
how the bells they shake it!
Now for our town, hey, ho,
now for our town there and take it.
Soft, awhile, not away so fast, they melt them.
Piper! Piper! Piper! be hanged awhile knave,
look, the dancers swelt them.
Out there, out awhile, stand out you come too far,
too far you come I say in:
there give the hobbyhorse more room for to play in.