The lass of Richmond hill (James Hook)

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  • (Posted 2018-05-01)   CPDL #49512:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2018-05-01).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 75 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. This edition comprises Hook's much-loved song (see CPDL #17936: ) recast by Henry Leslie for use by glee clubs, madrigal societies and the like.
  • CPDL #17936:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2008-08-20).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: The Lass of Richmond Hill
Composer: James Hook
Lyricist: Leonard McNally

Number of voices: (missing)   Voicings: Solo Tenor and SATB
Genre: SecularAriaGlee

Language: English
Instruments: Piano accompaniment realised by William Alexander Barrett.

First published: 1790


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Original text and translations

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The Lass of Richmond Hill
By Leonard McNally (1752-1820)

[Verse 1]
On Richmond Hill there lives a lass
More bright than May-day morn,
Whose charms all other maids' surpass
A rose without a thorn.

This lass so neat, with smiles so sweet
Has won my right good will,
I'd crowns resign to call thee mine,
Sweet lass of Richmond Hill,
Sweet lass of Richmond Hill,
Sweet lass of Richmond Hill,
I'd crowns resign to call thee mine,
Sweet lass of The Lass of Richmond Hill.

[Further verses]
Ye zephyrs gay that fan the air
And wanton thro' the grove,
O whisper to my charming fair,
"I die for her I love."

How happy will the shepherd be,
Who calls this nymph his own,
O may her choice be fixed on me,
Mine’s fixed on her alone.