Pastime with Good Company

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Pastime is a standard item from the AICSA repertoire. It is another early English composition, believed to be composed by Henry VIII. I recorded this in 2000, probably for a rehearsal CD for ROCS choristers.


Pastime with good company
I love, and shall until I die.
Gruch who lust but none deny,
So God be pleas'd thus live will I.
For my pastance,
hunt, sing, and dance,
my heart is set
All goodly sport,
for my comfort,
who shall me let?

Youth must have some dalliance,
of good or ill some pastance.
Company methinks then best,
all thoughts and fancies to digest.
For idleness,
is chief mistress
of vices all
Then who can say
but mirth and play
is best of all.

Company with honesty,
Is virtue, vices to flee.
Company is good and ill,
but every man hath his free will.
The best ensue,
the worst eschew,
my mind shall be
Virtue to use,
vice to refuse,
thus shall I use me.


from In the Passive Voice, released November 1, 2007
Composer: Henry VIII



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Sandra Bogerd Melbourne, Australia

Sandra Bogerd (aka Alexandra Uitdenbogerd) is an eclectic songwriting, composing, recording artist, with music varying from a cappella compositions to electronic instrumentals.

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