Fifty Shakspere Songs

This is one of a series of posts about books used as source material for Art Song Central.

Book Title: Fifty Shakspere Songs

  • (Note: the title is not a typo. This is one of the ways Shakespeare spelled his own name, and was in common usage well into the early 20th century.)

Editor: Charles Vincent (1852-1934)
Publisher: Oliver Ditson Company
Copyright: 1906

The Internet Archive has a downloadable copy of the High Voice edition and I note a second copy in case there are problems with the first.

Curiously enough, Google Books now has the Low Voice edition available for download, and I note a second copy there as well.

I’ve compiled the songs of the high voice edition here, and the low voice edition here. Prefatory material can be read here.


  • And let me the canakin clink (Harvey Worthington Loomis)
  • Autolycus’ Song (James Greenhill)
  • Bid me discourse (Sir Henry Rowley Bishop)
  • Blow, blow, thou winter wind (William Arms Fisher)
  • Come unto these yellow sands (John Banister)
  • Come unto these yellow sands (Henry Purcell)
  • Crabbed age and youth (Harvey Worthington Loomis)
  • Farewell, dear love (Robert Jones)
  • Fear no more the heat o’ the sun (Sir C. Hubert H. Parry)
  • Full fathom five thy father lies (Robert Johnson)
  • Full fathom five thy father lies (Henry Purcell)
  • Green-Sleeves (Unknown)
  • Hark, hark! the lark (Franz Schubert)
  • Hark, hark! the lark (Karl Friedrich Curschmann)
  • Heart’s Ease (Unknown)
  • Heigh-ho! for a husband (Unknown)
  • If music be the food of love, play on (John Charles Clifton)
  • It was a lover and his lass (Thomas Morley)
  • It was a lover and his lass (Gerard Barton)
  • It was a lover and his lass (H. Clough-Leighter)
  • Lawn as white as driven snow (John Wilson or Robert Johnson?)
  • Light o’ Love (Unknown)
  • No more dams I’ll make for fish (John Christopher Smith)
  • Now the hungry lion roars (William Linley)
  • O mistress mine (Unknown)
  • O mistress mine (S. Coleridge-Taylor)
  • Orpheus with his lute (Carl Busch)
  • Orpheus with his lute (Charles Fonteyn Manney)
  • Over hill, over dale (Thomas Simpson Cook)
  • Peg o’ Ramsay (Unknown)
  • She never told her love (Franz Joseph Haydn)
  • Sigh no more, ladies (R. J. S. Stevens)
  • Sigh no more, ladies (Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan)
  • Sigh no more, ladies (William Arms Fisher)
  • Take, O take those lips away (John Wilson)
  • The Willow Song (Unkown)
  • The Willow Song (Pelham Humfrey)
  • The Willow Song (Gioachino Rossini)
  • Three merry men be we (Unknown)
  • Under the greenwood tree (Carl Busch)
  • When daisies pied and violets blue (Thomas Augustine Arne)
  • When icicles hang by the wall (Thomas Augustine Arne)
  • When that I was a little tiny boy (Joseph Vernon)
  • When that I was a little boy (Robert Schumann)
  • Where the bee sucks (Robert Johnson)
  • Where the bee sucks (Pelham Humfrey)
  • Where the bee sucks (Thomas Augustine Arne)
  • Who is Sylvia? (Richard Leveridge)
  • Who is Sylvia? (Franz Schubert)
  • Who is Sylvia? (Monk Gould)

Each of the 50 songs in this volume will be uploaded as song posts are created for them. If you would like me to give priority to a song that is not yet posted, please let me know via the contact page.