May Day Carol (Deems Taylor)

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  • (Posted 2022-09-19)  CPDL #70851:     
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2022-09-19).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: This is a 2-part version.
  • (Posted 2022-04-30)  CPDL #69011:     
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2022-04-30).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 107 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: May Day Carol
Composer: Deems Taylor
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularCarol

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1920

External websites:

Original text and translations

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1. The moon shines bright, the stars give a light
A little before 'tis day.
Our Heav'nly Father he called to us
And bid us to wake and pray.

2. Awake, awake o pretty, pretty maid,
Out of your drowsy dream,
And step into your dairy below,
And fetch me a bowl of cream.

3. If not a bowl of your sweet cream,
A cup to give you cheer;
For the Lord knows where we shall meet again
To be maying another year.

4. I been a rambling all this night
And some time of this day,
And now returning back again,
I brought you a branch of May.

5. A branch of May I brought you here,
And at your door I stand,
'Tis nothing but a sprout, but will budded out
By the work of our Lord's hand.

6. My song is done, and I must be gone,
No longer can I stay.
So it's God bless you all, both great and small,
And send you a joyful May.