Words for James Hook (1811)

WORDS FOR JAMES HOOK, GUIDA DI MUSICA [*] 


WORDS FOR HOOK’S FOURTH LESSON

lovely shelah.

Come, lovely Shelah—come, lovely Shelah,
Let us ramble o’er the dewy mountains, Shelah.
Let blossoms please thee,
No cares shall tease thee,
Let us taste the breezy morn. 5
Da Capo.
There my songs I’ll sing thee,
There the flowers I’ll bring thee,
Larks shall carol cheerly,
There my songs I’ll sing thee,10
There the flowers I’ll bring thee,
Down amongst the waving corn.
Da Capo first five lines.

FOR HOOK’S NINTH LESSON,

donald

Down in the forest,
Where the hazel boughs are spreading,
Where the sun-beams gleaming play
Beneath our favourite tree.
Bring from thy cottage 5
Scrip and flask; and lightly treading,
Deck with flowers the mossy seat;
I’ll share the feast with thee.
So said my Donald—
But where’s my loitering lover?10
Smiles wait him, flowers bloom
By woodland rill so clear.
Donald, be faithful,
My bold, my bonny forest rover;
What’s the stream, and what the flowers, 15
If Donald is not here?
Peep from thy covert,
Noble antler’d stag, nor fear me.
List’ning hare, enjoy thy food,
I spread no snare for thee.20
Sing, lovely Philomel,
’Midst the shady branches near me,
Till my wand’ring lover comes,
Oh, tune thy lay to me.
Hark! from the deep dell 25
The mingled voices swelling;
Hark! what sweet echoes
Are through the forest borne.
Welcome, thou brave youth;
Welcome, sounds of rapture telling.30
Charming echoes,
Here he comes!
’Twas Donald’s bugle-horn.

FOR HOOK’S ELEVENTH LESSON.

the irish duck-woman.

This is the market for ducks to-day,
And prettier birds never swam in the water;
But what’s to become of my gains, I pray,
If I’m to be cheated by you?
Show them your English lasses, and tell them 5
They ne’er had a conscience so cheaply to sell ’em now.
Match ’em for fat, and for weight, and for feather,
And match ’em the market all through.
Da Capo first four lines.
Who’d be cheated by you? who’d be cheated by you?10
Match ’em for fat, and for weight, and for feather,
And match ’em the market all through.
Who’d be cheated by you? who’d be cheated by you?
Match ’em for fat, and for weight, and for feather,
And match ’em the market all through. 15
Sure, I’m not one of your Irish geese,
Who don’t know a bit about what I’d be a’ter,
To sell my fat ducks for a shilling a-piece,
When I gave a dollar for two!
I who have sold ’em at Cork and Kilkenny,20
And even at Dublin itself turn’d a penny, sure;
I who have sold ’em to lords and to ladies,
And travell’d the country through!
Da Capo first four lines.
Who’d be cheated by you? who’d be cheated by you? 25
I who have sold ’em, &c.
And travell’d, &c.
Who’d be cheated, &c.
I who have, &c.
And travell’d, &c.30
Da Capo as before.

FOR HOOK’S FOURTEENTH LESSON.

the soldier’s lullaby.

To sleep, my dear—to sleep, my dear;
The march is o’er—the fight is done.
To sleep, my dear, you need not fear,
You’re safe,—the field is won.
Da Capo. 5
Rest your troubled bosom,
And rest your weary head;
Comrades watch around thee,
Thy husband guards thy bed.
Da Capo To sleep, &c. 10
No piercing trumpet shall tell of death and terrors,
No thundering cannon shall fill thee with dismay.
Da Capo To sleep, &c.
Broad the vanguard shows its front;
Our brave commander knows his ground; 15
And distant rolls the doubling drum;
The conquer’d foe is far away.
Da Capo To sleep, &c.

Notes

*See Letter 268, 28 August 1811 on the composition of Bloomfield’s song-texts to accompany James Hook, Guida di musica; being a complete book of instructions for beginners on the harpsichord or piano forte ... to which is added twenty-four progressive-lessons (London, 1785) and later editions 1796, 1810. Hook (1746–1827) himself set a Bloomfield poem to music: Rosy Hannah, A Much Admired Song, with an Accompaniment, for the Harp or Pianoforte, Composed for Mr. Braham, by Mr. Hook (The Words from Bloomfield’s Poems) (London, [? 1810]). BACK

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