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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 [Administrator]

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
Line count: 29
Word count: 83

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Lenz

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Flötenspiel!
Nun ist's still.
Gestern, heut,
Vögleins Freud;
Nachtigall
drunt' im Tal,
Lerche steigt,
alles zeigt
Fröhlichkeit
fröhlich grüßt, fröhlich grüßt den Lenz in diesem Jahr.


Büblein heut
strahlt vor Freud;
Mägdelein,
klein und fein;
Hahnenschrei,
stimmt dabei
freudig ein,
Kinderlein;
fröhlich grüßt, fröhlich grüßt den Lenz in diesem Jahr.

Lämmchen klein
hol mich ein.
Stups mich dann
zärtlich an.
Ich zupf schnell
dein weich' Fell
schmus' mit dir
kleines Tier
fröhlich grüß, fröhlich grüß ich dich in diesem Jahr.


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Submitted by Bertram Kottmann

Authorship


Based on
  • a text in English by William Blake (1757 - 1827), "Spring", appears in Songs of Innocence and Experience, in Songs of Innocence, no. 15, first published 1789 WEL
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): James R. Adler, R. Graham Anderson, Athanasios Aronis, Ronald A. Beckett, Harold Blumenfeld, Jacques Blumenthal, William Bolcom, Rutland Boughton, Frederick Matthias Breydert, Havergal Brian, Benjamin Britten, Christopher Roland Brown, Vincent Henry Palmer Caillard, Sir, Edwin James Nairn Carr, John Charlton Crawford, William Crust, Norman Curtis, James D'Angelo, Harold Edwin Darke, Emma Lou Diemer, John Henry Diercks, Quenten Doolittle, Celius Dougherty, Thomas Frederick Dunhill, Dilys Elwyn-Edwards, Eric Fogg, Derek Foster, Johan Franco, Bernard Sidney Garte, Ole Carsten Green, Geoffrey Gwyther, Alfred Matthew Hale, Fritz Bennicke Hart, Eugene Hartzell, Christian Victor Hely-Hutchinson, Arthur Hinton, Joseph Charles Holbrooke, Chester Edward Ide, Wilfred Josephs, Mary Margaret Kelly, John Brodbin Kennedy, Theron Kirk, Peter Kirtley, Dorothy Hill Klotzman, Karl Richard Korte, David Krane, André Laporte, Paul F. Liljestrand, Bertram Luard-Selby, Walter Louis MacNutt, Charles T. Maclary, Douglas McGilvra, Robin Humphrey Milford, Michael Richard Miller, Robert Mueller-Hartmann, Havelock Nelson, Helmer Nørgaard, Morfydd Owen, Lloyd Alvin Pfautsch, Daniel Rogers Pinkham, Ellen Raskin, Joseph Roff, Landon Ronald, Sir, Sven-David Sandström, Francis George Scott, Charles Shadle, Elie Siegmeister, Walter Skolnik, Russell Smith, Johannes Somary, Øistein Sommerfeldt, Christopher Steel, Ronald Stevenson, John Austin Sykes, Randall Thompson, Felix Werder, Rudolph T. Werther, Herbert Dennis White, John David White, Maude Valérie White, Jonathan Peter Willcocks, Patrick Williams, James Walter Wilson, Charles Wood, Leslie Woodgate, Ruth Shaw Wylie. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2013-03-14.
Last modified: 2016-12-27 10:15:55
Line count: 28
Word count: 80