Out of the east she came (William R. Cox)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-06)  CPDL #76114:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-06).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 581 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Out of the East She Came
Composer: William R. Cox
Lyricist: Frank Dempster Sherman
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1919 Arthur P. Schmidt

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Original text and translations

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Oh, out of the east she came,
And leaves, by the breezes stirred,
Were lisping her mellow name—
A melody making word;

And up near its nest, the bird
Sat listening on the spray,
And down in the fields I heard,
“Oh, welcome beloved May.”

Oh, out of the east came she,
And set all my heart a-beat;
The bird and the breeze to me
Kept singing, “She comes, thy sweet.”

The buds in the gentle heat
Burst, scenting the amber day,
And blossoms fell around the feet
Of her, the beloved May.

Oh, out of my heart went love,
And hastened to find her eyes—
Which shone like the stars alone
When Spring sends the bluer skies;

And the birds in the air grew wise
For, seeing my sweetheart gay,
And hearing her soft replies,
They caroled, “’Tis May, ’Tis May!”