May-Day (James C. Beazley)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-21)  CPDL #75564:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-21).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 442 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: May-Day
Composer: James C. Beazley
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1871 Cramer, Wood & Co.
Description: Also published at the same time by Lamborn Cock & Co.

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Original text and translations

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Spring’s delights are all reviving,
    Verdant leaflets cloathe each spray;
Hawthorn buds give joyful tidings,
    Welcome news! ’tis blythe May-day.
Rural pastimes, grateful off’ring,
    Hail the promise for the year;
Village swains their pains disclosing,
    Maidens lend more willing ear.

These delights but last a season,
    Fading quickly with the year,
Still these hours, if spent with reason,
    Surely bring us Autumn cheer.
Come then, dearest, hear my pleading,
    Turn not from my suit away,
But my honest heart receiving,
    Make me bless this bright May-day.

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