In youth is pleasure (Gustav Holst)

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  • (Posted 2013-05-02)  CPDL #29001:     
Editor: Peter Kaplan (submitted 2013-05-02).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 207 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: In youth is pleasure
Composer: Gustav Holst

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1907
Description: H.76

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1  In arbour green asleep I lay,
The birds sang sweet in the middle of the day
I dreamed fast of mirth and play
In youth is pleasure,
In youth is pleasure.

2  Methought I walked still to and fro
And from her company I could not go
But when I waked it was not so
In youth is pleasure,
In youth is pleasure.

3  Therefore my heart is surely plight
Of her alone to have a sight,
Which is my joy and hearts delight
In youth is pleasure,
In youth is pleasure.

(Based on a text in English by R. Wever, probably Richard Wever (c1500?-1560?), title unknown, from An Enterlude called Lusty Juventus, published 1565)