Now is my Cloris fresh as May (Thomas Weelkes)

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  • (Posted 2012-01-07)  CPDL #25303:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-01-07).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 30 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Now is my Cloris fresh as May
Composer: Thomas Weelkes

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598

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Original text and translations

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1. Now is my Cloris fresh as May,
 All clad in green and flowers gay:
 Fa la la.
 O, must I think August were near,
 That harvest joy might soon appear:
 Fa la la.

2. But she keeps May throughout the year
 And August never comes the near:
 Fa la la.
 Yet I will hope, though she be May,
 August will come another day:
 Fa la la.