Annotation:Shepherd's Invitation (The)

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X:1 T:Shepherd's Invitation, The M:C| L:1/8 R:Air B:Burk Thumoth - 12 English and 12 Irish Airs (c. 1746, No. 6, pp. 12-13) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G d2|e/4f/2<g {g}f>e d2 {cd}e2|d<Bc<A {A}B3c|(d/4c/2<B) e2 (dfg)B|TB2A2 z2 d2| (^c/4d/2<e) d2e2f2|(3gfe (3fga A3g|(3fag (3fed e2 {d}Tc2|{c}d4 z2:| M:C| L:1/16 |:A4|(d/2_c/B3) c4 {c}B4g4|(f3g/a/2) {g}f2e2 {e}^d6e2|fc3B2A2 G4 (A3G/A/2)| M:C| L:1/8 {A}B4 z2 d2|(3edc d2f2g2|a<dcB {B}A3B|c>d e2d2c2| B>c d2 z2 c>B|A>Bc2 z2 B>A|(B/4A/2<G) Bd g2 B2|TB2A2z2c2| (3BAG e2 (3dcB c2|Bdef g2 fe|3dcB eA B2A2|G4z2:| |:d2|(e/4f/2<g) (3fae {e}d2 {cd}e2|e/d/c/B/ d/c/B/A/ {A}B3c|(d/4c/2<B) {d}e2 d/f/e/d/ gB|TB2A2z2d2| (^c/4d/2<e) (d/4e/2<f) eEfF|(3gfg (3afd A3g|(3fag (3fed (3egf (3ed^c|{c}d6:| |:A2|(e/d/_c/B/) c2 {c}B2g2|(F>g/2a/4) (3fge {e}T^d2e2|f>c BA TGF/G/ TAG/A/|{A}B4z2d2| (3edc d2 f(g/f/) g(a/g/)|a<f c>B {B}A3B|(c/B/A) e4 (3dec|B/D/(E/F/G/A/B/c/d/) (d/e/) d2 (c/B/)| (3AGF (3BAG c2 B>A|(3BAG (3dcB (3gfe (3dcB|{c}TB2A2 z2c2|(B/G/F/G/)e2 (e/d/c/B/) c2| (B/G/A/B/c/d/e/f/) g2 (3fge|(3dcB eA B<e (d/c/B/A/)|G6:|]

SHEPHERD'S INVITATION, THE. English, Air (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. The song "The Shepherd's Invitation" was printed in mid-18th century song sheets and songsters such as Muses Delight (1754, p. 91). The pastoral piece was sung by "Mr. Sulivan" at Sadler's Wells, a London pleasure garden, and words were printed in The London Magazine of September, 1744, as "Phillis; or, the Shepherd's Invitation":

The morning fresh, the sun in east,
New-gilds the smiling day;
The lark forsakes his dewy nest,
The fields around are gaily dress,
Arise, my love! and play, and play,
Arise, my love! and play.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Burk Thumoth (12 English and 12 Irish Airs), 1746; No. 6, pp. 12-13.

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