O! all ye ladies fair and true (Robert Lucas Pearsall)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-12-18). Score information: A4, 5 pages, 90 kB Copyright: CPDL
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Original text and translations
1 O! all ye ladies fair and true,
We drink a double health to you!
With sweets the cup of life ye bless,
Which else were full of bitterness!
R: Send round the toast; a bumper come!
We'll drink it super naculum!
2 To each young spinster starch and prim,
We'll fill our glasses to the brim!
And trust that in our wine she'll see
An antidote to prudery!
3 To all old maidens stiff and sour,
Libation also do we pour!
And grieve that we should wish in vain
To see them young and sweet again.
4 To ev'ry widow kind and free,
We drink a cup right heartily,
And hope that soon 'twill be her fate
To captivate another mate
5 Ye wives and maidens one and all,
For sympathy on you we call!
You'll not refuse it when you're told
We drink to men of metal bold!
6 And now we've sung our carol through,
And shed our wine for love of you!
We'll drink fair dreams and slumbers light,
And then, we'll wish you all good night.