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Language: English

Break forth, break forth o Sudb'ry town,
And bid your yards be gay;
Up all your gusty streets and down,
For Lydia comes today!

I hear it in the wharves below,
And if I buy or sell,
The good folk as they churchward go
Have only this to tell.

The violet flags are out once more,
In lanes salt with the sea;
The thornbush at St. Martin's door
Grows white for such as she.

So Sudb'ry bid your gardens blow;
For Lydia comes today;
Of all the words that I do know
I have but this to say:

Break forth, break forth O Sudb'ry town,
And bid your yards be gay.
Up all your gusty streets and down,
For Lydia comes today.

So Sudb'ry bid your gardens blow,
And bid your yards be gay;
Break forth, O Sudb'ry town,
For Lydia comes today.

Submitted by Nich Roehler


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

Text added to the website: 2012-05-20 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:55

Line count: 24
Word count: 143

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