What bird so sings, yet so does wail? O 'tis the ravish'd nightingale. Jug, jug, jug, tereu! she cries, And still her woes at midnight rise. Brave prick-song! Who is't now we hear? None but the lark so shrill and clear; Now at heaven's gate she [claps]1 her wings, The morn not waking till she sings. Hark, hark, with what a pretty throat Poor robin redbreast tunes his note: Hark how the jolly cuckoos sing Cuckoo! to welcome in the spring! Cuckoo! to welcome in the spring!
1 Fine: "clasps"
- by John Lyly (1553 - 1606), "Spring's welcome" [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 Vivian Fine (1913 - 2000), "Spring's welcome", 1941, first performed 1941 [soprano or mezzo-soprano and piano], from Four Elizabethan Songs, no. 2. [text verified 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2014-08-20
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Word count: 87