Of all the birds that ever I see (Thomas Ravenscroft)

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  • CPDL #00358:     
Editor: Gordon J. Callon (submitted 1999-03-15).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 131 kB   Copyright: Personal
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Title: Of all the birds that ever I see
Composer: Thomas Ravenscroft

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1609 in Deuteromelia, No. 7.

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Original text and translations

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Of all the birds that ever I see,
the Owl is the fairest in her degree,
For all the day long she sits in a tree,
and when the night comes, away flies she,

Te whit, te who, to whom drinks thou?
Sir knave to thou,
This song is well sung, I make you a vow,
and he is a knave that drinketh now.

Nose, nose, nose,
and who gave mee that jolly red nose?
Cinamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, and cloves,
and that gave thee thy jolly red nose.