The young May moon (William Rhys-Herbert)

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  • (Posted 2024-01-26)  CPDL #78907:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-01-26).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 247 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The young May moon
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Arranger: William Rhys-Herbert
Lyricist: Thomas Moore
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1909 J. Fischer & Bro.
Description: AIR: THE DANDY O

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Original text and translations

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The young May moon is beaming, love,
The glow-worm’s lamp is gleaming, love,
How sweet to rove
Through Morna’s grove,
When the drowsy world is dreaming, love!
Then awake! the heavens look bright, my dear!
‘Tis never too late for delight, my dear!
And the best of all ways,
To lengthen our days,
Is to steal a few hours from the night, my dear!

Now all the world is sleeping, love,
But the sage, his star-watch keeping, love,
And I, whose star,
More glorious far,
Is the eye from that casement peeping, love.
Then – awake, till rise of sun, my dear!
The sage’s glass we’ll shun, my dear;
Or, in watching the flight
Of bodies of light,
He might happen to take thee for one, my dear.