Pack, clouds, away! and welcome, day! With night we banish sorrow. Sweet air, blow soft; mount, larks, aloft To give my Love good-morrow! Wings from the wind to please her mind, Notes from the lark I'll borrow: Bird, prune thy wing! nightingale, sing! To give my Love good-morrow! To give my Love good-morrow Notes from them both I'll borrow. Wake from thy nest, robin-red-breast! Sing, birds, in every furrow! And from each bill, let music shrill Give my fair Love good-morrow! Blackbird and thrush in every bush, Stare, linnet, and cocksparrow! You pretty elves, among yourselves Sing my fair Love good-morrow; To give my Love good-morrow Sing, birds, in every furrow!
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Confirmed with The Oxford Book of English Verse, edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch, OUP, 1919, Item 205.
Stare = starling
- by Thomas Heywood (?1574 - 1641), "Matin Song" [author's text checked 2 times 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 Alan Bullard (b. 1947), "Matin song" [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by George Whitefield Chadwick (1854 - 1931), "Pack, clouds, away", published 1910 [TTBB quartet or chorus with piano ad libitum], from Three Partsongs, no. 3 [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Roger Quilter (1877 - 1953), "Morning Song", op. 24 no. 2, published 1922, first performed 1922 [voice and piano], from Five English Love Lyrics, no. 2, London, Chappell & Co. Confirmed with CD Booklet Roger Quilter - The Elizabethan & Jacobean Lyrics, Nimbus Records, NI5969. [ sung text checked 1 time]
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