Down in a valley, Shady vales are pleasant ports, For merry lads meet resorts. Such was our hap to catch a swain (Oh) happy the valley, with flowrs to spangle Floraes traine, nor did we dalley, his flowrs we tooke all dyde in graine[forthrightly] (Oh) dyde was the valley, shady vales are pleasant ports for mery lads meet resorts. Of them we made a garland green (Oh) green was the valley to crown faire Lelia shepheards queen, faire as a Lilly, she sitting in a shade unseene. (Oh) shadie the valley, shady vales are pleasant ports for mery lads meet resorts.
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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 Michael Cavendish (c1565 - 1628), "Down in a valley", published 1598, from the collection 14 Ayres in tabletorie to the lute [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Linda Godry
This text was added to the website: 2006-12-09
Line count: 19
Word count: 101