Merrily do the fairies live (Alfred Plumpton)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-28)  CPDL #77689:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-28).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 540 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Merrily do the fairies live
Composer: Alfred Plumpton
Lyricist: Carlotta Tasca
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1873 J. McDowell & Co.

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Original text and translations

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Merrily do the fairies live
In leafy grove and hollow,
Ringing the chimes on cowslip bells,
They call to us to follow.

Where-e’er they tread spring flowers of May,
In meadow and on mountain,
Their happy laughter, light and gay,
Comes rippling from the fountain.

Fairies bright, through the night
Are merry vigils keeping,
Dancing round the mystic ring,
While radiant stars are peeping.

Borne on a moonbeam’s silver ray
Treading with airy lightness,
Whispering softly in our sleep,
They weave our dreams of brightness.

At eve the wind-harp’s magic strings
Are wept by fairy fingers,
Some echo of the music sweet
In dreamy woodland lingers.