I love the [jocund]1 dance, The softly breathing song, Where innocent eyes do glance, [And]2 where lisps the maiden's tongue. I love the laughing vale, I love the echoing [hills]3, Where mirth does never fail, And the jolly swain laughs his fill. I love the pleasant cot, I love the innocent bow'r, Where white and brown is our lot, Or fruit in the midday hour. I love the oaken seat, Beneath the oaken tree, Where all the [old]2 villagers meet, And laugh [our]4 sports to see. I love our neighbors all, But Kitty, I [better love thee]5; And love them [I ever]6 shall; But thou art all to me.
Song in Maytime
Song Cycle by Alec Rowley (1892 - 1958)
5. The jocund dance  [sung text not yet checked]
- by William Blake (1757 - 1827), "Song" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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1 Mitchell: "merry"
2 not set by Mitchell.
3 Mitchell: "hill"
4 Mitchell: "my"
5 Mitchell: "love thee more"
6 Mitchell: "ever I"
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6. The shepherd  [sung text not yet checked]
How sweet is the Shepherd's sweet lot! From the morn to the evening he strays; He shall follow his sheep all the day, And his tongue shall be fillèd with praise. For he hears the lamb's innocent call, And he hears the ewe's tender reply; He is watchful [while]1 they are in peace, For they know when their Shepherd is nigh.
- by William Blake (1757 - 1827), "The shepherd", appears in Songs of Innocence and Experience, in Songs of Innocence, no. 2, first published 1789 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El pastor", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
1 Cooke: "when"
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry