About the maypole new, with glee and merriment, While as the bagpipe tooted it, Thyrsis and Chloris fine together footed it: And to the joyous instrument Still they went to and fro, and finely flaunted it, And then both met again and thus they chaunted it. Fa la! The shepherds and the nymphs them round enclosèd had, Wond’ring with what facility, About they turn’d them in such strange agility; And still when they unloosèd had, With words full of delight they gently kissed them, And thus sweetly to sing they never missed them. Fa la!
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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Thomas Morley (1557 - 1602), "About the maypole new", published 1595 [vocal quintet], from First Book of Ballets to Five Voices [ sung text verified 1 time]
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Word count: 95