Parry – O Mistress Mine

Song Information

Title: O Mistress Mine

Composer: Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Sheet Music

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  • Transcribed at CPDL
    • Key: PDF is in F Major
    • Range: D4 – G5
    • Sibelius 4 source code available to edit or transpose.

Audio Files



Song Text

O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear, your true love’s coming
That can sing both high and low.

Trip no further, pretty sweeting;
Journeys end in lovers’ meeting,
Ev’ry wise man’s son doth know.

What is love? ‘Tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What’s to come is still unsure:

In delay there lies no plenty;
Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty;
Youth’s a stuff will not endure.