Sweet as a flower in May (Robert Lucas Pearsall)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-19)  CPDL #56349:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-12-19).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Sweet as a flower in May
Composer: Robert Lucas Pearsall

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1878 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 11, no. 328

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Original text and translations

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Sweet as a flower in May is my heart's treasure.
See! she cometh fresh and gay,
To taste the spring;
Ev'ry living thing doth honour to her charms!
All that bloometh throughout nature,
Longs to deck the lovely creature;
The birds do sing,
The flowers do bring,
Their perfume rich to greet her.
Say, have you seen her smile?
There's nothing sweeter,
 She is so fair, so wondrous fair,
That earth and air
Alike are charmed to meet her.