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(Anonymous) : Greensleeves
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English Renaissance Songs

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A beautiful Renaissance song arranged for intermediate-level high voice!   

Pdf sheet music download for Voice (2/6 : High) and piano  

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Includes : One score (3 pages)

Difficulty level : Grade 4/12

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Program Notes on Greensleeves by (Anonymous) :

The famous song Greensleeves is a 16th century English Renaissance love song.

Its composer remains unknown, and it appears in these early sources :
  • As a broadside ballad entitled : A New Northern Dittye of the Lady Greene Sleeves. London Stationer's Company (1580)
  • As A New Courtly Sonnet of the Lady Green Sleeves. To the new tune of Green sleeves, in A Handful of Pleasant Delights (1584)
The Greensleeves melody is found in several late 16th century and early 17th century sources, such as Ballet's MS Lute Book and Het Luitboek van Thysius, as well as various other manuscripts.

It was a favorite in England in the days of Queen Elizabeth I, and Shakespeare mentions it in his play The Merry Wives of Windsor (ca 1602).

Legend has it that Greensleeves may have been composed by King Henry VIII (1491-1547) for his lover and future queen consort Anne Boleyn.

Anne, the youngest daughter of Thomas Boleyn, rejected Henry's advances, as told by the song :

Alas, my love, you do me wrong to cast me off discourteously...

However, it is unlikely that King Henry VIII composed Greensleeves, as the song is written in a style which was not known in England until after Henry VIII died.

This score is an arrangement of Greensleeves for high voice and piano

It is set in the key of G minor.

The vocal range is D4 to F5 for female singers and D3 to F4 for male voices.

For your greater enjoyment, this sheet music includes the lyrics in English (five verses and chorus).

Sources :

Anonymous composer, English Renaissance Songs

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Sheet music details :


(Alas, my love - G minor)
Composer(Anonymous) Opus/catalog numberGreensleeves
MovementsGreensleeves Composition/First publication16th Century
InstrumentationVoice (2/6 : High) and piano StyleRenaissance (1453-1600)
KeyG minor Duration04:18 for all five verses
EditionArranged by M.A. Caux DifficultyGrade 4/12

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1. Alas, my love, you do me wrong
To cast me off discourteously.
For I have loved you so long
Delighting in your company.

Greensleeves was all my joy,
Greensleeves was my delight.
Greensleeves was my heart of gold,
And who but my Lady Greensleeves.

2. I have been ready at your hand
To grant whatever you would crave.
I have both waged life and land,
Your love and good will for to have.
Greensleeves etc.

3. Your vows you've broken, like my heart,
Oh, why did you so enrapture me?
Now I remain in a world apart,
But my heart remains in captivity.
Greensleeves etc.

4. Well, I will pray to God on high
That thou my constancy mayest see,
And that yet once before I die
Thou wilt vouchsafe to love me.
Greensleeves etc.

5. Ah, Greensleeves, now farewell, adieu,
To God I pray to prosper thee,
For I am still thy lover true,
Come once again and love me.
Greensleeves etc.

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