The sweet Nightingale (Traditional)

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  • (Posted 2012-04-08)  CPDL #25873:       
Editor: Jens Klimek (submitted 2012-04-08).   Score information: A4, 6 pages   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:

General Information

Title: The sweet Nightingale
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, divisi in all parts
Genre: SecularFolksongPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2012

External websites:

Original text and translations

English.png English text

One morning in May by chance I did rove
I sat myself down by the side of a grove
and there did I hear the sweet nightingale sing,
I never heard so sweet as the birds in the Spring.

All on the grass I sat myself down
where the voice of the nightingale echoed around;
don't you hear how she quivers the notes? I declare
no music, no songster with her can compare.

Come all you young men, I'll have you draw near,
I pray you now heed me these words for to hear,
that when you're grown old you may have it to sing,
that you never heard so sweet as the birds in the spring.