I got me flowers (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

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Contributor: David Newman (submitted 2008-06-07).  Score information: A4, 3 pages, 171 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Cross posting by Art Song Central - File Sizes: PDF: 171 KB

General Information

Title: I Got Me Flowers
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Lyricist: George Herbert

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Baritone solo
, with SATB Genre: SacredSacred song

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1911
Description: "I got me flowers" is Number 2 in Ralph Vaughan Williams Song Collection entitled "5 Mystical Songs". The work sets four poems by George Herbert, from his 1633 collection "The Temple: Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations".

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Original text and translations

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I got me flowers to strew thy way;
I got me boughs off many a tree:
But thou wast up by break of day,
And brought'st thy sweets along with thee.

The Sun arising in the East,
Though he give light, and the East perfume;
If they should offer to contest
With thy arising, they presume.

Can there be any day but this,
Though many suns to shine endeavour?
We count three hundred, but we miss:
There is but one, and that one ever.

Lyrics: George Herbert (1593-1633), "I Got Me Flowers", from "The Temple: Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations", published 1633.