Lyr Add: Wise Men Were but Seven -- a round for 3
Subject: ADD: THE WISE MEN WERE BUT SEVEN (round)|
Date: 09 Feb 02 - 12:57 PM
THE WISE MEN WERE BUT SEVEN
The wise men were but seven, ne'er more shall be for me
(The midi below is for the first voice only -- each voice comes in at the start of a line, and each line is 7 measures long)
MIDI file: 7WISEM~1.MID Timebase: 192 Name: The Wise Men Were But Seven
Name: The Wise Men Were But Seven
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Okay, now for the discussion bit:
I know who the nine muses are (and when my memory is foggy, I know where to look them up). But who were the seven wisemen Lawes was referring to (at least as a culturally recognized grouping)? Any ideas?
And is this a 17th century version of "No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers' dirty looks!"?
Subject: Lyr Add: THE WISE MEN WERE BUT SEVEN (W Lawes)|
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 May 10 - 07:31 AM
From The Universal Songster: or, Museum of Mirth, Volume 3 (London: Jones and Co., 1834), page 95:
THE WISE MEN WERE BUT SEVEN.
(W. Laves [sic – other sources say William Lawes])
The wise men were but seven,
Ne'er more shall be for me;
The Muses were but nine,
The worthies three times three!
And three merry boys, and three merry boys.
And three merry boys are we.
The virtues they were seven.
And three the greater be;
The Caesars they were twelve,
And the fatal sisters three;
And three merry girls, and three merry girls,
And three merry girls are we.
Musical notation can be seen in The David Bispham Treasury of Song by David Scull Bispham (Philadelphia: Universal Book and Bible House, 1920), page 244.