To‑morrow is Saint Valentine's day
[To-morrow is]1 Saint Valentine's day,
All in the morning [betime]2,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
Then up he rose, and donn'd his clothes,
And dupp'd the chamber-door;
Let in the maid, that out a maid
Never departed more.
Indeed, without an oath, I'll make an end on't!
By Gis and by Saint Charity,
Alack, and fie for shame!
Young men will do't, if they come to't;
By cock, they are to blame.
Quoth she, before you tumbled me,
You promised me to wed.
So would I ha' done, by yonder sun,
An thou hadst not come to my bed.
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J. Brahms sets stanza 1
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R. Quilter sets lines 1-4
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1 Quilter: "Good morrow, 'tis "
2 Quilter: "time"
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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Kim Borg (1919 - 2000), "To‑morrow is Saint Valentine's day", op. 16 no. 2 (1974), published 1977, orchestrated 1981 [soprano, flute, and viola], from Ophelia Sings, no. 2, Copenhagen, Engstrøm & Sødring [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897), "To-morrow is Saint Valentine's day", WoO posth. 22 no. 3 (1873), stanza 1, from Ophelia-Lieder, no. 3, also set in German (Deutsch) [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Osvaldo Costa de Lacerda (1927 - 2011), "Tomorrow is Saint Valentine' day" [voice and piano], from Canções de Ofélia, no. 2. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Roger Quilter (1877 - 1953), "'Tis Saint Valentine's Day", 1917, lines 1-4 [voice and piano], arrangement of a melody by Thomas d'Urfey in «Wit and Mirth», 1707 [ sung text checked 1 time]
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