May morning (Theodore Distin)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2022-06-17).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 137 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: May morning
Composer: Theodore Distin
Lyricist: Hall Byrnecreate page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SacredPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1892 The Orpheus (New series) no.244

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Original text and translations

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Awake, my love, the morn is breaking,
Gloomy night doth fold her wings;
And the lark, his nest forsaking,
Blithe "good morrow" loudly sings;
Rosy clouds the east adorning,
Deck the earth with glorious sheen.
Rise, my love, 'tis joyous morning,
And the flow'rs await their Queen!
Awake, my love!

Come, my love! the air rejoices,
Thrushes warble, wild bees hum;
Leaf and stream, with winsome voices
Seem to murmur, "Come, come, come!"
Ah! from lattice coyly peeping,
Two bright eyes salute the day,
Now my heart with joy is leaping,
For she comes, my "Queen of May!"
She comes, my Queen of May!