by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

O lusty May, with Flora Quene
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
O lusty May, with Flora Quene,
The balmy drops from Phoebus' sheen
Preluciand bemes befoir the day, befoir the day, the day,
Be that Diana growis grene
Thru’ glaidnes of this lusty May.

Than Esperus that is so bricht,
Till woeful hairts castis his licht
With banks that blumes on ev'ry bray, on ev'ry bray, the bray,
And schurs are shed forth of thair sicht
Thru’ glaidnes of this lusty May.

Birdis on bews of ev'ry birth
Rejosing notes, makand thair mirth
Rycht plesandly upon the spray, upon the spray, the spray,
With flurissings our field and firth
Thru’ glaidnes of this lusty May.

All luvaris that are in care,
To thair ladeis they do repair
In fresch mornyngs befoir the day, befoir the day, the day,
And ar in mirth ay mair and mair
Thru’ glaidnes of this lusty May.

Of all the moneths of the year,
To mirthful May there is no peer,
Hir glist'ring garments are so gay, they are so gay, so gay,
You luvars all mak mirrie cheer
Thru’ glaidnes of this lusty May.

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O lusty May
Language: English  after the Scottish (Scots) 
O lusty May, with Flora Queen,
The balme drops from Phoebus' sheen
Prelucent beams before the day,
By Diana groweth green
Through gladness of this lusty May.

Then Hesperus that is so bright,
To woeful hearts he casteth light
Right pleasantly before the day,
And shows and sheds forth of that sight
Through gladness of this lusty May.

The birds on broughs of ev'ry sorth
Send forth their notes and make great mirht
On banks that bloom on  ev'ry brae,
And fare and fly o'er field and firth
Through gladness of this lusty May.

All lovers' hearts that are in care,
To their ladies they do repair
On fresh mornings before the day,
And are in mirht aye more and more
Through gladness of this lusty May.

Of all the monthes of the year,
To mirthful May there is no peer,
Then glist'ring garments are so fay,
Ye lovers all make merry cheer
Through gladness of this lusty May.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-01-17
Line count: 25
Word count: 159