WARNING! Not everything on this website is public domain.
It is ILLEGAL to copy and distribute our copyright-protected material without permission.
And it is an EVEN WORSE OFFENSE to omit the names of authors / translators.

The Lied, Art Song, and Choral Texts Archive

Merry may the maid be

Language: English

O merry may the maid be 
That marries the miller,
For foul day and fair day 
He's ay bringing till her;
He's ay a penny in his purse 
For dinner and for supper;
And, gin she please, a good fat cheese, 
And lumps o' yellow butter.
When Jamie first did woo me, 
I spier'd what was his calling?
"Fair maid," says he, "O come and see, 
"Ye're welcome to my dwelling:"
Tho' I was shy, yet I could spy 
The truth of what he told me,
And that his house was warm and couth, 
And room in it to hold me.

In winter, when the wind and rain,
Blaws o'er the house and byre, 
He sits beside a clean hearth-stane,
Before a rousing fire; 
With nut-brown ale he tells his tale,
Which rows him o'er fu' happy, 
Who'd be a king, -- a petty thing,
When a miller lives so happy!



GLOSSARY

Till = to;
Gin = if;
Spier'd = enquired;
Couth = comfortable.

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Authorship

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

Text added to the website: 2012-02-11.

Notes about green, red, and white dots

Gentle Reminder
This is a personal project that I began in 1995. I receive no salary for my full-time work on it, and aside from ad revenue and copyright fees, it is supported financially by fewer than 0.02% of our visitors. So if you found the information here useful, please consider making a donation. Your gift is greatly appreciated.
     - Emily Ezust
I also have a wishlist at Amazon.ca.

Search sheetmusicplus.com for Art song , Lieder, chansons, or works for solo voice

Browse imslp.org (Petrucci Music Library) for art songs or choral works