For all our men were very, very merry (Robert Lucas Pearsall)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2015-04-18).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 47 kB   Copyright: Personal
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Title: For all our men were very, very merry
Composer: Robert Lucas Pearsall
Lyricist: Sir Walter Scottcreate page

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Description: Pearsall's setting of a ditty appearing in "Redgauntlet".

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Original text and translations

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For all our men were very, very merry,
And all our men were drinking;
There was two men of mine, three men of thine,
And three that belonged to old Sir Thomas o' Lyne.
As they went to the ferry, they were very, very merry,
And all our men were drinking.
Jack looked at the sun and cried "Fire! Fire! Fire!",
Tom stabled his kessel in Birkendale mire,
Jem started a calf and halloo'd for a stag,
Will mounted a gatepost instead of his nag:
For all our men were very, very merry,
And all our men were drinking.