Old May-day (Julius Benedict)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-21)  CPDL #75590:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-21).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 440 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2019-02-27)  CPDL #53411:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-02-27).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 108 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a minor 2nd.

General Information

Title: Old May-day
Composer: Julius Benedict
Lyricists: Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, some divisi
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1869 in Novello Part-Song Book (2nd Series), Vol. 1, no. 37
Description: First published 1862, up half step, in B-flat major.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Rejoice, oh, English hearts, rejoice, rejoice, oh, lovers dear;
Rejoice, oh, city, town, and country, rejoice eke every shere!
For now the fragrant flowers do spring and sprout in seemly sort,
The little birds do sit and sing, the lambs do make fine sport;

Up then, I say, both young and old, both man and maid a-Maying,
With drums and guns that bounce aloud, and merry tabor playing!

The Knight of the burning Pestle
Act IV, Scene V