This is one of Lear’s most gentle bird verses and therefore the setting is also gentle, a four-part round with a coda in the Lydian mode. Since it is a round (apart from the coda) it can be arranged in numerous ways. The suggested arrangement pairs the voices from low to middle and then from middle to high but any voice could easily sing any part in any octave. Repetitions may also vary and even be improvised so please experiment freely with the round section. Similarly, experiment with a slower tempo: if your audience falls asleep you probably have it about right! The coda can then be sung as notated, fading and slowing as the dove settles down tucking her head under her soft wings.
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