Come, May (Bernard Johnson)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-02)  CPDL #76906:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-02).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 367 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Come, May
Composer: Bernard Johnson
Lyricist: Thomas Moore
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1914 Stainer & Bell

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Original text and translations

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Come, May, with all thy /lowers,
Thy sweetly-scented thorn,
Thy cooling evening showers,
Thy fragrant breath at morn:
When May-/lies haunt the willow,
When May-buds tempt the bee,
Then, o’er the shining billow
My love will come to me.

From Eastern Isles she wingeth
Through watery wilds her way,
And on her cheek she bringeth
The bright sun’s orient ray!
Oh! come and court her hither,
Ye breezes mild and warm—
One winter’s gale would wither
So soft, so pure a form.

The /ields where she was straying
Are blest with endless light;
With zephyrs always playing
Through gardens always bright.
Then now, sweet May! be sweeter
Than e’er thou’st been before;
Let sighs from roses meet her
When she comes near our shore.