Ye dainty nymphs (Ethel Mary Boyce)

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  • (Posted 2021-12-01)  CPDL #66975:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-12-01).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 223 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Ye dainty nymphs
Composer: Ethel Mary Boyce
Lyricist: Edmund Spenser
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSA
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1924 Novello's Octavo edition of Trios etc. for Female Voices no.495

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Original text and translations

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Ye dainty nymphs, that in this blessed brook
Do bathe your breast,
Forsake your watery bowers, and hither look,
At my request;
And eke you virgins, that on Parnasse dwell,
Whence floweth Helicon the learned well,
Help me to blaze
Her worthy praise,
Which in her sex doth all excel.

See, where she sits upon the grassy green,
(O seemly sight!)
In scarlet like a maiden Queen,
And ermines white.
Upon her head a crimson coronet
While damask roses with daffodillies set:
Embellish the sweet violet.

Lo, how finely the Graces can it foot
To the instrument:
They dancen lightly, and singen soote,
In their merriment.
Wants not a fourth Grace, to make the dance even?
Let that room to my lady be given:
She shall be a Grace,
To fill the fourth place,
And reign with the rest in heaven.