Upon a hill, the bonny boy (Thomas Weelkes)

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  • CPDL #25309:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-01-09).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 25 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a 4th. Spelling modernised. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Upon a hill, the bonny boy
Composer: Thomas Weelkes

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1608 in Ayres or Phantasticke Spirits for Three Voices, no. 5

Description: Original is SSA.

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Original text and translations

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1. Upon a hill, the bonny boy,
   Sweet Thirsis sweetly play'd,
   And call'd his lambs their master's joy,
   And more he would have said.
   But love, that giveth lovers wings,
   Withdrew his mind from other things.

2. His pipe and he could not agree,
   For Milla was his note.
   This silly pipe could never get
   This lovely name by rote.
   With that, they both fell in a sound,
   He fell asleep, his pipe to ground.