With fragrant flowers we strew the way (Francis Pilkington)

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  • (Posted 2012-04-26)  CPDL #26032:     
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2012-04-26).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: With fragrant flowers we strew the way
Composer: Francis Pilkington

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB

Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Lute

First published: 1605 in The First Booke of Songs or Ayres of 4 parts, no. 20

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Original text and translations

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With fragrant flowers we strew the way,
And make this our chief holy day,
For though this clime were blest of yore,
Yet was it never proud before:
O gracious Queen, of second Troy,
Accept of our unfeigned joy.

Now th'air is sweeter than sweet balm,
And satyrs dance about the palm:
Now earth with verdure newly dight,
Gives perfect signs of her delight.
O gracious Queen…

Now birds record new harmony,
And trees do whistle melody:
Now every thing that Nature breeds
Doth clad itself in pleasant weeds.
O gracious Queen…