About the maypole (Thomas Morley)

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  • (Posted 2011-07-18)  CPDL #23919:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-07-18).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 91 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A reformatting of #14986, with corrections. Revised files uploaded 13/02/18.
  • (Posted 2007-09-13)  CPDL #14986:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2007-09-13).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 75 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: On external site, listed alphabetically under "Ballets".
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General Information

Title: About the maypole
Composer: Thomas Morley

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicings: SSATB, SSTTB or SSAAB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1595 in First Book of Ballets, no. 11
Description: The range of the alto and tenor parts is identical, d-a'.

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Original text and translations

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About the maypole new,
With glee and merriment,
While as the bagpipe tooted it,
Thirsis and Cloris
Fine together footed it
Fa la la la la.
And to the wanton instrument,
They went to and fro, both,
And finely flaunted it
And then they met again
And thus they chanted it
Fa la la la la.
The shepherds and the Nymphs
Them round enclosed had,
Wond'ring with what facility
About they turned them
In such strange agility
Fa la la la la.
And still when they unloosed had,
With words full of delight, both,
They gently kissed them,
And thus sweetly to sing
They never missed them
Fa la la la la.