Come, celebrate the May (John Liptrot Hatton)

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  • (Posted 2019-04-09)  CPDL #53924:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-04-09).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 82 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Come, celebrate the May
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: Mary Cowden Clarke

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1869 in Novello Part-Song Book (2nd Series), Vol. 1, no. 58

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Original text and translations

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Come, celebrate the May,
Let's have a roundelay,
And, mirthful as a fay,
We'll dance and sing the day,
The livelong day of May!

The sun shall shed his ray,
In dazzling light shall play,
And gilding ev'ry spray,
Illuminate the day,
The glorious day of May!

Come, lads and lasses, say,
With heart and voice full gay,
How earnestly we pray,
This brilliant first of May
May prove a happy day!