by William Blake (1757 - 1827)

Sound the Flute!
Language: English 
Sound the Flute!
Now [it's]1 mute.
Birds delight
Day and Night;
Nightingale
In the dale,
Lark in Sky,2
Merrily, Merrily, Merrily,
To welcome in the Year.

Little Boy,
Full of Joy;
Little Girl,
Sweet and small;
Cock does crow,
So do you;
Merry voice,
Infant noise;
Merrily, Merrily, 
To welcome in the Year.

Little Lamb,
Here I am;
Come and [lick
My white neck;]3
Let me pull
Your soft Wool;
Let me kiss
Your soft face;
Merrily, Merrily, 
[We]4 welcome in the Year.

J. Franco sets stanzas 2-?

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1 MacNutt: "'tis"
2 Dougherty inserts "Out of sight" after this line
3 MacNutt: "play/ Hours away"
4 MacNutt: "To"

Authorship

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This text (or a part of it) is used in a work
  • by Sven-David Sandström (b. 1942), "Spring -- Introduction -- Earth's answer", 1978, published c1983, first performed 1983 [double mixed chorus a cappella], note : texts are intermixed ; Stockholm : Nordika Musikförlaget

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Bertram Kottmann , "Lenz", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission ; composed by Gary Bachlund.
  • Also set in Welsh (Cymraeg), a translation by William Evans (1883 - 1968) , copyright © GER ; composed by Dilys Elwyn-Edwards, née Roberts.

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2019-04-25 21:06:59
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Word count: 83