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O lusty May

Language: English

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.

Submitted by Linda Godry


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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