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King Stephen

by Elizabeth Maconchy From Four Shakespeare Songs (1933) Op. 30

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Text

King Stephen
English source: William Shakespeare

King Stephen was a worthy peer,
His breeches cost him but a crown;
He held them sixpence all too dear,
With that he called the tailor lown.
He was a wight of high renown.
And thou art but of low degree:
'Tis pride that pulls the country down;
Then take thine auld cloak about thee.

Composer

Elizabeth Maconchy

Study event exploring the life and work of Elizabeth Maconchy. Filmed in March 2022 by TallWall Media.    COMPOSER BIOGRAPHY Elizabeth Maconchy was born in Hertfordshire, England, but raised near Dublin, Ireland, before moving to London aged…

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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His extant…

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