Spring, the sweet spring (John Liptrot Hatton)

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  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2020-02-13)   CPDL #57019:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-02-13).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 141 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Spring, the sweet spring
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: Thomas Nashe

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 13, no. 366

Description: Words from "A pleasaunte comedie, called Summer's last will and testament "

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Original text and translations

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1  Spring, the sweet spring, is the year's pleasant king;
Then blooms each thing, then maidens dance in a ring;
The spring, the sweet spring.
Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing,
Cuckoo, cuckoo, pu we to witta wee,
Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing,
The sweet spring.

2  The palm and may make country houses gay,
Lambs frisk and play, the shepherds pipe all day
And we hear the birds tune their merry lay:
Cuckoo, cuckoo,…

3  The fields breathe sweet, the flowers kiss our feet,
Young lovers meet, old wives asunning sit.
The fields breathe sweet, flowers kiss our feet,
In ev'ry street these tunes our ears do greet:
Cuckoo, cuckoo,…