Good morrow, fair ladies of the May (Thomas Morley)

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General Information

Title: Good morrow, fair ladies of the May
Composer: Thomas Morley

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicings: SAT or TTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1593 in Canzonets to Three Voices, no. 6

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Original text and translations

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Good morrow, fair Ladies of the May,
where is my cruel?
Good morrow, fair Ladies of the May,
where is my sweet cruel?
fair Cloris my sweet cruel?
O see where she comes a Queen,
all in green, all in gaudy green arraying,
O how gaily goes my sweet jewel.
Was never such a Maying,
Since May delights first decaying.
So was my Cloris sheen brought home
and made May Queen.