The Fay’s Song (Francis William Massi Hardman)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-15).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 551 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Fay’s Song
Composer: Francis William Massi Hardman
Lyricist: Edward Callow
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1920 J. Curwen & Sons

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Original text and translations

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Who would not be
An airy sprite,
And lead a life of frolic gay?
From dawn till eve,
From eve till light,
We laugh the hours away.

Now ’neath the moon’s
Bright silvery ray
We spread our fairy board,
Of honey sweet
On rose-leaf laid,
As fits a festal board.

The pale moon wanes,
The morn is cold,
Each fairy elf and fay,
Snug in a flower,
Enwraps herself,
To wait the broad, bright day.

From our flow’ry beds
We rise again
And bathe in the pearly dew;
Then take the air
With a butterfly pair
Link’d to a petal blue.

The evening comes.
Adown the streams,
We sail to Rushen Glen
On a lily leaf—
And meet once more
In song and dance again.

The Manx Phynodderree