Henrik Colding-Jorgensen: 4 British Songs

for female choir, 4 to 6 parts with divisi and soloists. A cappella.

Manuscript. Copyright 1997 H. Colding-Jorgensen


British texts by John Keats, Edward Lear, Shirley Brooks and Lewis Caroll.


A short introduction by the composer.


> I Had A Dove - >A Letter To Evelyn Baring - >New Proverb - >Turtle Soup


Complete score (all four songs): Fullsize A4



1. I Had A Dove

Score no.1 (pdf): Fullsz A4


Text by John Keats: (1795-1821)



I Had A Dove


I HAD a dove and the sweet dove died;

And I have thought it died of grieving:

O, what could it grieve for? Its feet were tied,

With a silken thread of my own hand's weaving;

Sweet little red feet! why should you die -

Why should you leave me, sweet dove! why?

You liv'd alone in the forest-tree,

Why, pretty thing! could you not live with me?

I kiss'd you oft and gave you white peas;

Why not live sweetly, as in the green trees?

From: Posthumous and fugitive Poems



2. A Letter To Evelyn Baring

Score no.2 (pdf): Fullsz A4


Text by Edward Lear: (1812-1888)

Full text of a letter from Edward Lear to Evelyn Baring, Lord Cromer, 1862:


Thrippsy pilliwinx,

Inkly tinky pobbleboskle abllesquabs? -

- flosky! beebul trimble flosky! Okul

scratchabibblebongibo, viddle squibble tog-a-tog,

ferrymoyassity amsky flamsky ramsky damsky

crocklefether squiggs.

Flinkywisty pomm,




3. New Proverb

Score no.3 (pdf): Fullsz A4


Text by Shirley Brooks: (1816-1874)




Early to bed and early to rise

Is the way to feel stupid and have red eyes.



4. Turtle Soup

First performance by DR Radiopigekoret, now Danish National Girls Choir, 2002.

Conducted by Michael Bojesen as first prize winner at Kathaumixw Contest 2002.

Score no.4 (pdf): Fullsz A4


Text by Lewis Caroll: *)




Beautiful Soup, so rich and green,

Waiting in a hot tureen!

Who for such dainties would not stoop!

Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!

Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!

Beau--ootiful Soo-oop!

Beau--ootiful Soo-oop!

Soo-oop of the e--e--evening.

Beautiful, Beautiful Soup.


Beautiful Soup! Who cares for fish,

Game, or any other dish?

Who would not give all else for two

pennyworth only of Beautiful Soup?

Beau--ootiful Soo-oop!

Beau--ootiful Soo-oop!

Soo-oop of the e--e--evening.

Beautiful, Beauti-FUL SOUP!


"Chorus again!

"The trial is beginning!"

"Come on!"

"What trial is it?"

"Come on!"


*) Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898)

From: "Alice in Wonderland"