On a fair morning (Thomas Morley)

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  • (Posted 2011-12-17)  CPDL #25177:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-12-17).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 54 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #15017, with corrections to underlay. SABB edition. Revised files uploaded 22/02/17.
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General Information

Title: On a fair morning
Composer: Thomas Morley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB or SABB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1594 in Madrigals to Four Voices, no. 22

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Original text and translations

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On a fair, a fair morning,
as I came by the way,
met I with a merry merry maid,
in the merry month of May.
When a sweet love sings his lovely lay,
And every bird upon the bush bechirps it up so gay,
with an heave and ho,
thy wife will be thy master I trow:
Sing care away, let the world go,
Hey lustily, all in a row:
Sing care away, let the world go.