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Welcome, maids-of-honour! You do bring In the spring, And wait upon her. She has virgins many, Fresh and fair; Yet you are More sweet than any. You're the maiden posies, And so grac'd To be plac'd 'Fore damask roses. Yet, though thus respected, By-and-by Ye do lie, Poor girls, neglected.
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- by Robert Herrick (1591 - 1674), "To violets" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "Welcome, Maids of Honour", op. 44 no. 6 (1949) [ soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, mixed chorus, boys' chorus, and orchestra ], from Spring Symphony, no. 6 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Alan Bullard (b. 1947), "To violets" [sung text not yet checked]
- by John Linton Gardner (1917 - 2011), "To violets", op. 196 no. 1 (1991) [ SATB chorus a cappella ], from Partsongs to poems by Robert Herrick, no. 1 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Ivor (Bertie) Gurney (1890 - 1937), "To violets" [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Fritz Bennicke Hart (1874 - 1949), "To violets", op. 50 (Twenty-Five Songs in Five Sets of Five Each: Set I) no. 2 (1922) [ voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Humphrey Procter-Gregg (1895 - 1980), "To violets" [ chorus ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Roger Quilter (1877 - 1953), "To violets", op. 7 no. 5 (c1905), published 1907 [ SATB chorus a cappella ], from Five Lyics of Robert Herrick, no. 5, Forsyth [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Joseph Taffs , "To violets", published 1923, from Album of Five Songs, no. 3 [sung text not yet checked]
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- SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Word count: 50
Bienvenidas, damas de honor que llamáis a la primavera y la esperáis. Ella tiene muchas doncellas frescas y despiertas pero sois más dulces que cualquiera de ellas Sois los ramos de las doncellas Y tan graciosas que os preferiría antes que las rosas de Damasco Pese a tanto respeto cuando vuestra hora acaba nadie os recuerda, pobre chicas abandonadas.
About the headline (FAQ)Translation of title "To violets" = "A las violetas"
- Translation from English to Spanish (Español) copyright © 2020 by Elisa Rapado, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
This text was added to the website: 2020-10-08
Line count: 16
Word count: 59