One morning sweet in May (Henry David Leslie)

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  • (Posted 2019-07-14)  CPDL #54772:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-07-14).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 107 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: One morning sweet in May
Composer: Henry David Leslie
Lyricist: John Philips

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1871 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 4, no. 133

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Original text and translations

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1  While walking near a river clear
One morning sweet in May,
When hawthorn trees perfumed the breeze,
And birds sang on each spray;
A maiden fair with golden hair,
By chance that way did pass;
Her queenly grace and lovely face,
No goddess could surpass.

2  Like stars at night, her eyes shine bright,
And with love's fire did glow,
A rosy blush her cheeks did flush,
Her neck was white as snow,
A coral beam each lip did seem,
Her teeth were rows of pearl;
And fresh and bright as morning light
Appeared this charming girl.

3  At her I gazed, I was amazed,
Her beauty was so rare,
And with love sweet my heart did beat
For this dear maid so fair.
I told her this and oh! what bliss
Into my soul did glide;
With gentle sighs and downcast eyes,
She said she'd be my bride.