The Red Cross Knight (John Wall Callcott)

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  • CPDL #07385:        (Sibelius 2)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2004-06-30).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 120 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The Red Cross Knight
Composer: John Wall Callcott

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published:

Description: Glee for three voices, accompaniment added by John Addison (1766-1844).

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Original text and translations

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Blow, warder! blow thy sounding horn,
And thy bannerwave on high;
For the Christians have fought in the Holy Land,
and have won the victory.
Loud, loud, the warder blew his horn,
And his banner waved on high;
Let the mass be sung,
And the bells be rung,
And the feast eat merrily,
Let the mass be sung,
And the bells be rung,
And the feast eat merrily.
The warder looked from his tower on high,
As far as he could see
I see a bold knight, and by his red cross he comes from the East country.
Then loud the warder blew his horn,
And called 'till he was hoarse,
I see a bold knight, and on his shield bright, he beareth a flaming cross.
Then down the Lord of the castle came, the Red Cross Knight to meet,
And when the Red Cross Knight he espied, right loving he did him greet.
Thou'rt welcome here, dear Red Cross Knight, dear Knight,
For thy fame's well known to me;
And the mass shall be sung
And the bells shall be rung, and we'll feast right merrily, merrily,
And we'll feast right merrily, merrily, merrily.
Oh! I am come from the Holy Land where saints did live and die.
Behold the device I bear on my shield, the Red Cross Knight am I,
And we have fought in the Holy Land and we’ve won the victory,
For with valiant might, did the Christians fight, and made the proud pagans fly.
Thou'rt welcome here, dear Red Cross Knight, dear Knight come lay thy armour by,
and for the good tidings thou dost bring we'll feast us merrily, merrily, merrily,
For all in my castle shall rejoice,
That we've won the victory.
And the mass shall be sung, and the bells shall be rung, and the feast, the feast eat merrily.