One midsummer's morn as I were a-walking The fields and the meadows were covered with green, The birds a-sweetly singing so pleasant and so charming, So early in the morning by the break of the day. Arise, arise, go pluck your love a posy of the prettiest flowers that grows in yonder green. O yes I'll arise and pluck lilies, pinks and roses All for my dearest Lemady, the girl I adore. O Lemady, O Lemady what a lovely lass thou art Thou art the fairest creature that ever my eye did see! I'll play you a tune all on the pipes of ivory So early in the morning by the break of the day.
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "Lemady", 1976 [voice and harp], from 8 Folk Song Arrangements, no. 3. [text verified 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Lemady", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Lemady", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Virginia Knight