From Bard to Verse – the original music of Shakespeare’s plays

  • From Bard to Verse'Tis 400 years since the Bard left this life
  • And bequeathèd the second best bed to his wife,
  • So here is our tribute in th’ guise of a show,
  • Read to the bottom and then you will know
  • That Shakespeare’s plays were bursting with song
  • To drive on the story, or p’raps sing along;
  • Yet in Bardic productions producèd today
  • You rare will have heard this sweet muse in t’ play:
  • So come hear The Night Watch put right this cruel wrong,
  • With strings and with reeds and with bow and with tongue, 
  • Recorders you’ll hear, and with lutes they will labour, 
  • Cittern and crumhorn, rebec, pipe and tabor,
  • Bagpipes, bandora, bray harp and more,
  • Shawm and gemshorn, guitar and mandore,
  • With period clothes to wear for your pleasure, 
  • And music t’ delight you, measure for measure.