Old May-day (Julius Benedict)

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  • (Posted 2019-02-27)  CPDL #53411:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-02-27).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 108 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a minor 2nd.

General Information

Title: Old May-day
Composer: Julius Benedict
Lyricists: Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1869 in Novello Part-Song Book (2nd Series), Vol. 1, no. 37

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Original text and translations

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Rejoice, oh English hearts, rejoice!
Rejoice, oh lovers dear!
Rejoice, oh city, town and country
Rejoice, eke ev'ry shire!
For now the fragrant flowers do spring
and sprout, and sprout in seemly sort;
The little birds do sit and sing,
The lambs do make fine sport:
Up then, I say, both young and old,
Both man and maid a-maying,
With drums and guns that bounce aloud,
And merry tabor playing.