When the buds are blossoming (Ruddigore) (Arthur Sullivan)

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  • (Posted 2021-04-07)  CPDL #63971:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-04-07).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 188 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: When the buds are blossoming (Ruddigore)
Composer: Arthur Sullivan
Lyricist: William Schwenck Gilbert
Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SATB.SATB, SATB quartet with SATB chorus
Genre: SecularOperetta

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

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Original text and translations

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When the buds are blossoming,
Smiling welcome to the spring,
Lovers choose a wedding day –
Life is love in merry May!
Spring is green –
Fa la la la la la la la
Summer's rose –
Fa la la la la la la la
It is sad when summer goes,
Fa la, la, etc.
Autumn's gold –
Fa la la la la la la la
Winter's grey –
Fa la la la la la la
Winter still is far away –
Fa la, la etc.
Leaves in autumn fade and fall,
Winter is the end of all.
Spring and summer teem with glee:
Spring and summer, then, for me!
Fa la, la, etc.

In the spring-time seed is sown:
In the summer grass is mown:
In the autumn you may reap:
Winter is the time for sleep.
Spring is hope –
Fa la la la la la
Summer's joy –
Fa la la la la
Spring and summer never cloy.
Fa la, la, etc.
Autumn, toil –
Fa la la la la la la la
Winter, rest –
Fa la la la la
Winter, after all, is best –
Fa la, la, etc
Spring and summer pleasure you,
Autumn, aye, and winter too –
Every season has its cheer,
Life is lovely all the year!
Fa la, la, etc