The fairy ring (Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens)

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General Information

Title: The fairy ring
Composer: Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens
Lyricist: William Duthie

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 5, no. 163

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Original text and translations

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1  Lightly, dance ye, rovers from fairyland,
Starlike, twinkling fire-spirits bring,
Nightly dance we over this merry land,
Bounding round our fairy ring.
Hasten through green dells while starlight gleams,
Mortals wearied, now lie steeped in dreams;
While springing, flashing, darting, light and free,
Now laughing, shouting, singing merrily,
Then springing, flashing, darting, light and free,
Still laughing, shouting, singing merrily:
Twinkling feet, laughing eyes, hands together bound,
While the primrose sleeps, drooping on the ground,
Sweep we o'er the grass in our magic, magic round.
 Daisies mark our flight; gaily as we rove,
Lilies watch our love, watch our love.
Lightly, dance ye, rovers from fairyland,
Starlike, twinkling fire-spirits bring,
Nightly dance we over this merry land,
Bounding round our fairy ring.
Swift as a stream, morning rays gleam.
Through wood and dell at break of day,
Ye fays, away, away,away.

2  Gaily, fairies, sing we our roundelay,
Fragrant valleys echo with the sound,
Softly mingle voices of gnome and fay,
Chiming bell-like sweetly around.
Lullabies chant we where dull bees sleep,
Beetles wakening from green coverts creep;
While happy, careless, joyous in our song,
Now dancing, leaping, springing as we throng;
So happy, careless, joyous in our song,
Still dancing, laughing, springing, on we throng:
Rosy lips, flushing cheeks, hair all floating free,
Streaming in the wind as we onward flee,
Through the grassy brake or the daisied lea.
Twilight o'er our heads, where the twin stars meet,
Glow-worms light our feet.
Gaily, fairies, sing we our roundelay,
Fragrant valleys echo with the sound,
Softly mingle voices of gnome and fay,
Chiming bell-like sweetly around.
Mortals, we hear, daylight is near.
Our ring is made ere break of day,
Ye fays, away, away, away.