Pale April, with her childish eye (Lord Mornington)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-09-13).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 619 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: Pale April, with her childish eye
Composer: Lord Mornington
Lyricist: Frances Grevillecreate page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSAB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1779 Warren's sixteenth collection

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Original text and translations

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Pale April, with her childish eye
Alike prepar'd to laugh or cry,
All unlamented hies away
And leaves the world to love and May.
Maia comes! fair queen of blooms,
Scatt'ring around her choice perfumes;
Lo! she comes! and leads her train
With songs and dances o'er the plain.

Cupid there, the wanton boy,
With ev'ry grace and ev'ry joy,
And rosy Health and gay Desire,
And zephyrs breathing am'rous fire;
See they frolic, hark they say
"Happy mortals hail the May,
Catch the blessings while they stay".