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Sound the Flute!

Language: English

Sound the Flute!
Now [it's]1 mute.
Birds delight
Day and Night;
Nightingale
In the dale,
Lark in Sky,
Merrily, Merrily, Merrily,
To welcome in the Year.

Little Boy,
Full of Joy;
Little Girl,
Sweet and small;
Cock does crow,
So do you;
Merry voice,
Infant noise;
Merrily, Merrily, 
To welcome in the Year.

Little Lamb,
Here I am;
Come and [lick
My white neck;]2
Let me pull
Your soft Wool;
Let me kiss
Your soft face;
Merrily, Merrily, 
[We]3 welcome in the Year.


Translation(s): GER WEL

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J. Franco sets stanzas 2-?

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1 MacNutt: "'tis"
2 MacNutt: "play/ Hours away"
3 MacNutt: "To"

Submitted by Emily Ezust

Authorship


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)


This text (or a part of it) is used in a work
  • by Sven-David Sandström (b. 1942), "Spring -- Introduction -- Earth's answer", 1978, published c1983, first performed 1983 [double mixed chorus a cappella], note : texts are intermixed ; Stockholm : Nordika Musikförlaget

Settings in other languages or adaptations:

  • Also set in Welsh (Cymraeg), a translation by William Evans (1883 - 1968) , under the bardic name "Wil Ifan", copyright © GER by Dilys Elwyn-Edwards.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Bertram Kottmann , title 1: "Lenz", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission WEL by Gary Bachlund.

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:21
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