The birdés that had left their song (George Alexander Macfarren)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-02-08).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 358 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The birdés that had left their song
Composer: George Alexander Macfarren
Lyricist: Geoffrey Chaucer
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: ca. 1873
First published: 1876 S. Brainard's Sons

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Original text and translations

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from “Romaunt of the Rose”

The birdés that had left their song
While they had suffer’d cold full strong
In weathers grill and derk to sight,
Ben in May for the sunné bright,
So glad that they showe in singing
That in their heart is such liking,
That they mote singen and ben light;
Then doth the nightingale her might
To maken noise and singen blithe;
Then is blissful, many a sithe,
The chelaundre and the popinjay;
Then youngé folk intenden, aye,
For to ben gay and amorous,
The time is then so savorous.