To meadows (Ernest John Moeran)

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  • (Posted 2024-04-06)  CPDL #80014:         
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2024-04-06).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 124 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: To meadows
Composer: Ernest John Moeran
Lyricist: Robert Herrick
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1939
Description: Originally published by Novello and Co Ltd.

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Original text and translations

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Ye have been fresh and green,
Ye have been fill'd with flowers,
And ye the walks have been
Where maids have spent their hours.

You have beheld how they
With wicker arks did come
To kiss and bear away
The richer cowslips home.

You've heard them sweetly sing,
And seen them in a round:
Each virgin like a spring,
With honeysuckles crown'd.

But now we see none here
Whose silv'ry feet did tread
And with dishevell'd hair
Adorn'd this smoother mead.

Like unthrifts, having spent
Your stock and needy grown,
You're left here to lament
Your poor estates, alone.