The Sports of May (Anonymous)
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Title: Sports of May, The
Description: Included in Warren's twelfth colection of glees and catches without attribution, this is one of those catches that is more lubricious in performance than the anodyne lyrics might suggest (although the mention of a character named Roger will have warned the seasoned catch-singer of the delights to come).
Original text and translations
Twas on a bright morning, a morning in May,
The lads and the lasses all went out to play;
The birds from each bush with a song did delight 'em,
The merry pipe and tabor to dance did invite 'em;
Then to it they buckled, each lad with his lass,
Led by Susan and Roger upon the green grass.