Thou hearest the nightingale begin the song of spring; The lark, sitting upon his earthy bed, just as the morn Appears, listens silent; then, springing from the waving corn-field, loud He leads the choir of day: trill -- trill -- trill -- trill -- Mounting upon the wings of light into the great expanse, Re-echoing against the lovely blue and shining heavenly shell. His little throat labours with inspiration; every feather On throat, and breast, and wing, vibrate with the effluence divine. All nature listens to him silent; and the awful Sun Stands still upon the mountains, looking on this little bird With eyes of soft humility, and wonder, love, and awe. Then loud, from their green covert, all the birds begin their song, -- The thrush, the linnet and the goldfinch, robin and the wren, Awake the Sun from his sweet reverie upon the mountains; The nightingale again essays his song, and through the day And through the night warbles luxuriant; every bird of song Attending his loud harmony with admiration and love.
All Seasons Shall Be Sweet
Song Cycle by Grace Mary Williams (1906 - 1977)
2. The song of spring  [sung text not yet checked]
- by William Blake (1757 - 1827), no title, appears in Milton, a Poem in Two Books [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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3. When the green woods laugh  [sung text not yet checked]
When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy, And the dimpling stream runs laughing by; When the air does laugh with our merry wit, And the green hill laughs with the noise of it; When the meadows laugh with lively green, And the grasshopper laughs in the merry scene; When Mary and Susan and Emily With their sweet round mouths sing "Ha ha he!" When the painted birds laugh in the shade, Where our table with cherries and nuts is spread: Come live, and be merry, and join with me, To sing the sweet chorus of "Ha ha he!"
- by William Blake (1757 - 1827), "Laughing song", appears in Songs of Innocence and Experience, in Songs of Innocence, no. 10, first published 1789 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- RUS Russian (Русский) [singable] (Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov) , "Песня смеха", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission