by William Barnes (1801 - 1886)

Wull ye come in eärly Spring
Language: English 
Wull ye come in eärly Spring,
Come at Easter, or in May,
Or when Whitsuntide mid bring
Longer light to show your way?

Wull ye come, if you be true,
Vor to quicken love anew?
Wull ye call in Spring or Fall?
Come now soon by zun or moon!

Come ei’ väice the while,
All their words be sweet to hear,
Some that fëace to fëace mid smile,
While their smiles do seem se dear,

Come within the year to seek,
Woone you have sought, woonce a week?
Come while flow’rs be on the bow’rs,
And the bird o’ zong’s a heärd.

Wull ye come?
Ees come to ye,
An’ come vor ye,
Is my word,
I wull come!


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

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, [adaptation] ; composed by Elizabeth Maconchy.

Researcher for this text: Laura Prichard [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2016-05-19
Line count: 21
Word count: 119