'Tis May upon the mountain (Samuel Reay)

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  • (Posted 2019-07-17)  CPDL #54809:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-07-17).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 117 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: 'Tis May upon the mountain

Composer: Samuel Reay
Lyricist: C. Rokeby

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1871 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 4, no. 148

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Original text and translations

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'Tis May upon the mountain,
'Tis May upon the lea;
And in the flood, and in the wood,
And with the bird and bee,
The trees are weaving rainbows,
With sunbeams, buds and dew
If of May I sing, 'tis but to bring,
My earliest song to you.

The cuckoo now is telling
Her name to ev'ry grove:
Each flower holds up a dewy cup,
Lipful of life and love.
The fragrant breath of morning,
Breathes hopes and fancies new;
If of them I sing, 'tis but to bring,
My earliest song to you.