Mark the merry elves (John Wall Callcott)

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  • CPDL #17746:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2008-07-26).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 71 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Mark the merry elves
Composer: John Wall Callcott
Lyricist: William Lisle Bowles

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella (originally). Piano accompaniment added by William Horsley (1774-1858).

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Description: A 3 part glee

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Original text and translations

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From poem "On Shakespeare"
by William Lisle Bowles (1762-1850), 5th stanza

Mark the merry elves of fairy land!
In the cold moon's gleamy glance,
They with shadowy morris dance,
Soft music dies along the desert land,
Soon at peep of cool eyed day,
Soon the numerous lights decay.
Merrily now, merrily, merrily now,
After the dewy moon they fly.