Come hither boy

Music: Sheena Phillips (ed.). Words: Anon
3 or 4 part equal or mixed voices
performance time approx 1m 00s
Range: b♭ – e''♭ (eleventh)
Price code: A
Complexity: **

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This piece is part of the set Rounds from Jane Chattock's book
The next piece is The sweet delights of love
If you don't want to buy the whole set, then you can buy Come hither boy individually using the link on this page.
This little lesson on money management is one of many rounds found — long after her death — in a small music manuscript book inscribed with the name of Jane Chattock. The book, which turned up in a second-hand bookshop in Edinburgh, is dated November 1832, and the entries are in many different hands, suggesting that Jane invited friends and visitors to add rounds to her collection. Some, like this one, are well known; others we had not come across before.


Come hither, Boy, come hither, boy:
If thou wilt learn to thrive, then come away.

Then come away, then come away,
And hearken to this lesson here today.

You must often borrow, seldom lend,
And never, never, never, never pay.

Attrib. to John Hilton

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