Now May is here (Henry Thomas Smart)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-10-30).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 147 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Now May is here
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: Frederick Enoch

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 8, no. 259

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Original text and translations

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1  Now May is here, and in the dell
The primrose star, the cowslip bell,
The violet hides amid the grove,
The honeysuckle climbs above,
The mavis sings, the sky is clear,
All fair I see, all glad I hear,
Of all that's sweet in earth and air,
I say 'tis like my lady fair,
Aye! like my lady fair!

2  Now May is here, but in the May
The sunshine flies sometimes away;
I've seen it leave a face in tears,
With little woes and wayward fears;
It may be so, I'll not complain,
But say the sun will shine again
And all be sweet in earth and air,
And so will be my lady fair.
Aye! so my lady fair.
The mavis sings, the sky is clear,
All fair I see, all glad I hear;
Of all that's fair in earth and air,
I say 'tis like my lady fair,
Aye! like my lady fair!