Meg Merrilies (Michael Gray)

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  • (Posted 2017-02-24)   CPDL #43273:   
Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2017-02-24).   Score information: Letter, 11 pages, 246 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Third movement of "Posthumous Keats"

General Information

Title: Meg Merrilies
Composer: Michael Gray
Lyricist: John Keats

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: SA
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2013

Description: Third movement of "Posthumous Keats"

External websites: http://www.graymichael.com

Original text and translations

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Old Meg she was a gipsy;
 And lived upon the moors:
Her bed it was the brown heath turf,
 And her house was out of doors.

Her apples were swart blackberries,
 Her currants pods o' broom;
Her wine was the dew of the wild white rose
 Her book a churchyard tomb.

Her brothers were the craggy hills,
 Her sisters larches trees;
Alone with her great family
 She lived as she did please.

No breakfast had she many a morn,
 No dinner many a noon,
And 'stead of supper she would stare
 Full hard against the moon.

But every morn of woodbine fresh
 She made her garlanding,
And every night the dark glen yew
 She wove, and she would sing.

Old Meg was brave as Margaret Queen,
 And tall as Amazon;
An old red blanket cloak she wore,
 A chip hat she had on.
God rest her aged bones somewhere;
 She died full long agone!

-John Keats