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Spring, the sweet Spring, is the year's...

Language: English

Spring, the sweet Spring, is the year's pleasant king;
Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring,
Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing,
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!

The palm and may make country houses gay,
Lambs frisk and play, the [shepherds pipe]1 all day,
And we hear aye birds tune this merry lay,
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!

The fields breathe sweet, the daisies kiss our feet,
Young lovers meet, old wives a-sunning sit,
In every street these tunes our ears do greet,
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!
Spring! The sweet Spring!

Translation(s): GER

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1 Argento: "shepherd pipes"

Submitted by Ted Perry


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

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Julia Hamann) , "Frühling", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:43
Line count: 13
Word count: 95

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Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Frühling, süßer Frühling, bist des Jahres lieber König;
Wenn alles blüht, wenn Mädchen tanzen im Kreise,
kein Frost sticht mehr, die hübschen Vögel singen,
Cuckoo, ...............................

Die Milde und der Mai machen das Landleben fröhlich,
Lämmer tollen und Schäfer blasen ihre Flöte den ganzen Tag,
wir hören Vogelschwärme dies heitre Gelände mit Klang erfüllen
Cuckoo, ...............................

Die Felder atmen Süße, die Gänseblümchen küssen unsere Füße,
Liebende finden sich und alte Frauen sonnend sitzen,
auf jedem Weg grüsst solcher Klang unser Ohr,
Cuckoo, ...............................
Frühling, süßer Frühling!

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Based on
  • a text in English by Thomas Nashe (1567 - 1601), appears in Summer's Last Will and Testament, first published 1600
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Dominick Argento, Benjamin Britten, Frederick Delius, Emma Lou Diemer, Bernard van Dieren, Richard Bruce Faith, John Linton Gardner, Ivor Gurney, Wilfred Josephs, Constant Lambert, Kirke Mechem, Ernest John Moeran, Humphrey Procter-Gregg, John Raynor, Peter Warlock. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2007-08-28.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:27
Line count: 13
Word count: 86