In the merry spring (Thomas Ravenscroft)

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  • (Posted 2017-11-25)  CPDL #47712:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2017-11-25).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: In the merry spring
Composer: Thomas Ravenscroft

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

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In the merry spring,
A shepherd thus did sing,
"I am young and debonair.
Will you love me, lady fair?"
"No, not I. My freedom is a dainty jewel."
"Out, alas, you are too cruel!
Hark, how the birds do sing;
Love is a pretty thing.
Ne'er was a youth so true;
Wilt thou not let him woo?"
"No, not I."

When the spring was o'er,
The lady sighed full sore,
"Art thou gone, young shepherd swain?
Wilt thou not come back again?"
"No, not I.
Too long I've borne thy proud disdaining."
"Out, alas, I meant but feigning!
Tho' 'tis no longer Spring,
Love is a pretty thing.
I'll not say no again,
Try me, dear shepherd swain?"
"No, not I."