Nymphs are sporting (Robert Lucas Pearsall)

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  • (Posted 2018-07-22)  CPDL #50596:     
Editor: Francis Melville (submitted 2018-07-22).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 53 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Nymphs are sporting
Composer: Robert Lucas Pearsall
Lyricist: Thomas Oliphant

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1877 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 10, no. 285

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Original text and translations

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Nymphs are sporting,
Shepherds courting,
Birds do sweetly sing;
Mirth and joy and pleasure,
Frolic without measure,
In the cheerful spring;
Flocks are bleating,
Rock repeating,
Echo back the sound;
Merry bells are ringing,
While the maidens singing,
Trip it in around.

Is but folly,
Never sigh and pine;
Fill your brimming glasses,
Toast your favorite lasses,
In the rosy wine;
Come, be merry,
Sing down derry,
Youth soon flies away;
Banish care and sadness,
Nature all in gladness
Maketh holyday.