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It was a lover and his lass

Language: English

It was a lover and his lass,
  With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino
That o'er the green [corn-field]1 did pass.
  In [the]2 spring time, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding a ding;
Sweet lovers love the spring.

[Between the acres of the rye,
  With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
These pretty country [folks]3 would lie,
  In the spring time, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding a ding;
Sweet lovers love the spring. ]4

[This carol they began that hour,
  With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
How that [a life]5 was but a flower
  In the spring time, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding a ding;
Sweet lovers love the spring.]4

[And therefore take the present time]6
  [With]7 a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
For love is crownéd with the prime
  In the spring time, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding a ding;
Sweet lovers love the spring.


Translation(s): FIN FRE GER GER GER

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B. King sets lines 4-6
G. Bush sets stanzas 1-2, 4
H. Clough-Leighter sets stanzas 1, 3
A. Foote sets stanzas 1, 4
T. Morley sets stanzas 1, 3-4
F. Delius sets stanzas 1-2, 4

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1 Morley: "cornfields"
2 omitted by Barton, Bush, and Morley, passim.
3 Delius, Dring: "folk"
4 In Dring and Parry, only the first and third lines are set.
5 sometimes "life"?
6 Barton, Morley : "Then, pretty lovers, take the time"
7 Bush: "And with"

Submitted by Emily Ezust

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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:49
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Word count: 190

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Ein Liebster und sein Mädel schön

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Ein Liebster und sein Mädel schön,
Mit heisa und ha und juchheisa trala!
Die täten durch das Kornfeld gehn,
Zur Maienzeit, der lustigen Paarezeit,
Wann Vögel singen, tirlirelirei:
Süß Liebe liebt den Mai.

Und zwischen Halmen auf dem Rain,
Mit heisa und ha und juchheisa trala!
Legt sich das hübsche Paar hinein,
Zur Maienzeit, der lustigen Paarezeit,
Wann Vögel singen, tirlirelirei:
Süß Liebe liebt den Mai.

Sie sangen diese Melodei,
Mit heisa und ha und juchheisa trala!
Wie 's Leben nur 'ne Blume sei,
Zur Maienzeit, der lustigen Paarezeit,
Wann Vögel singen, tirlirelirei:
Süß Liebe liebt den Mai.

So nutzt die gegenwärt'ge Zeit,
Mit heisa und ha und juchheisa trala!
Denn Liebe lacht im Jugendkleid,
Zur Maienzeit, der lustigen Paarezeit,
Wann Vögel singen, tirlirelirei:
Süß Liebe liebt den Mai.


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Submitted by Emily Ezust

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Based on
  • a text in English by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in As You Like It, Act V, Scene 3 FIN FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Godfrey Edward Pellew Arkwright, Joseph W. Baber, Gerard Barton, Dudley Buck, Alan Bullard, Winifred May Bury, Geoffrey Bush, Mary Grant Carmichael, Rebecca Clarke, Henry Clough-Leighter, Frederick Delius, Madeleine Dring, Donald Edeson, Richard Bruce Faith, Gerald Finzi, Arthur Foote, John Linton Gardner, Mervyn, Lord Horder, the Second Baron of Ashford, John Jeffreys, Sven Eric Emanuel Johanson, J. Frederick Keel, Betty Jackson King, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Ernest John Moeran, Thomas Morley, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Sir, Roger Quilter, Peter Warlock. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2011-07-11.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:28
Line count: 24
Word count: 129