It was upon a springtide day (Robert Lucas Pearsall)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-03)  CPDL #56164:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-12-03).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 127 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: It was upon a springtide day
Composer: Robert Lucas Pearsall

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1840
    2nd published: 1877 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 10, no. 292

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Original text and translations

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It was upon a springtide day,
When all the world was fresh and gay,
And birds did sing to drive away
Foul melancholie.
I met Aminta in the grove,
But nought of earth or Heaven above,
Not e'en the power of mighty love
Could draw her to me.
No more will I the nymph pursue,
I'll rather turn her o'er to you,
Go therefore try what you can do,
To cure her follie.
But if you fail, then do not grieve;
The flinty-hearted fair one leave,
Come back again to us at eve,
And we'll be jolly.