[SCA-Dance] singing accompaniment

Aaron Elkiss aelkiss at umich.edu
Fri Jun 26 11:16:31 EDT 2009

Sellenger's Rounde:


(This was our try at a choral arrangement based on Byrd's setting, but
it didn't really work...)

This is found in D'Urfey's Pills to Purge Melancholy:

Heart's Ease:

This is from "Misogonus", a play from about 1560, set "to the tune of
Heart's Ease":


A Song to the tune of Heart's Ease.

Sing care away, with sport and play,
Pastime is all our pleasure;
If well we fare, for nought we care,
In mirth consist our treasure.

Let sun gir lurk and drugs work,
We do defy their slavery;
He is but a 'fool that goes to school,
All we delight in knavery.

What doth avail, far hence to sail
And lead our life in toiling;
Or, to what end, should' we here spend
Our days in irksome moiling?

It is the best to live at rest,
And tak't as God doth send it;
To haunt each wake, and mirth to make,
And with good fellows spend it.

Nothing is worse than a full purse,
To niggards and to pinchers;
They always spare and live in care,
There's no man loves such flinchers.

The merry man, with cup and can,
Lives longer than doth twenty;
The miser's wealth doth hurt his health,
Examples we have plenty.

'T's a beastly thing to lie musing,
With pensiveness and sorrow;
For who can tell that he shall well
Live here until the morrow?

We will, therefore, for evermore,
While this our life is lasting,
[Eat], drink and sleep and lemans keep;
[Its] popery to use fasting.

In cards and dice our comfort lies,
In sporting and in dancing,
Our minds to please and live at ease
And sometime to use prancing.

With Bess and Nell we love to dwell
In kissing and in haking;
But whoopho, holly! with trolly lolly!
To them we'll now be walking.

- Aaron Drummond

On Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 11:07 AM, Tim McDaniel<tmcd at panix.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 26 Jun 2009, David Learmonth <david.a.learmonth at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Aaron Drummond ... "In the past we've sung for ... Sellenger's
>> Round, ... Hearts' Ease and Sellengers don't really work that well --
>> the words that go to them are intended to be sung at a much slower
>> pace that works well for the dance, and it just feels rushed if you
>> try to sing them at dance tempo.
> What words do you know?
> Decades (yeep!) ago, I ran across a book of foolery in the University
> of Michigan stacks.  It had words that worked for Sellinger's Round.
> I only remember the beginning:
>     The first catch was Sellenger's Round
>     The cow jumped over the moon
>     The goodwife shit in the piss pot
>     The cream ran over her shoon
>     <some line>
>     <some line>
>     I'll give you another as good as the other
>     If you'll be ruled by me
> And then it got dirty.  Anyone know *those* words?
> Daniel de Linccolne
> --
> Tim McDaniel, tmcd at panix.com
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