The Music of the Maytime (William McKendrick)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-16).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 194 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Music of the Maytime
Composer: William McKendrick
Lyricist: Thomas George Cox
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1896 J. Curwen & Sons

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Original text and translations

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The Maytime, lovely Maytime,
Its shadows and its showers,
Its sunshine and its breezes,
Its leaves and laughing flowers;
Its streamlets in their freedom,
The thunder’s distant roll,
Make music, wondrous music
Today within my soul!

Can ye hear it, fellow singers?
I’ve heard it oftentimes,
And still my fancies dance to
The music of its rhymes;
Now surging and now trembling,
Now soaring beyond control—
The music of the Maytime,
The music of my soul!

Its gay and happy laughter,
Its smiles so sweet and bright,
Its songs of hope and gladness,
Its fullness of delight,
Make music, soaring, sweeping
Beyond the furthest pole,
From east to west so boundless,
Forever in my soul!