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{{Vs|1}} Come, greet ye May with garlands,
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May, that is fair and fine;
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Come, wreathe ye door and window,
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And joyfully call her in.
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Bestrew for her the pathway,
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For her the house array,
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And bid your hearts be driving
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Their wonted cares away.
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{{Vs|2}} Yea, bid your hearts an entrance,
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Give unto blessed May,
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Since love will seem more lovely
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Than all the flowers today;
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The love that deep is founded,
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That constant is, and true;
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For truth alone can keep it,
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Like May, still fresh and new.
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{{Vs|3}} The fairest rose, what were she,
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If failing the air to fill,
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With all the sweetest odours
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She can from herself distil?
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What were the worth of loving,
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Unless the faithful heart
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Guarded as holy the rapture
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That love did once impart.
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General Information

Title: May song
Composer: Robert Franz
Lyricist: John Troutbeck

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1856
  2nd published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 12, no. 338

Description: Translated from the German of Karl Wilhelm Osterwald. 6 Lieder für gemischten Chor Op.24, no.5.

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Original text and translations

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1  Come, greet ye May with garlands,
May, that is fair and fine;
Come, wreathe ye door and window,
And joyfully call her in.
Bestrew for her the pathway,
For her the house array,
And bid your hearts be driving
Their wonted cares away.

2  Yea, bid your hearts an entrance,
Give unto blessed May,
Since love will seem more lovely
Than all the flowers today;
The love that deep is founded,
That constant is, and true;
For truth alone can keep it,
Like May, still fresh and new.

3  The fairest rose, what were she,
If failing the air to fill,
With all the sweetest odours
She can from herself distil?
What were the worth of loving,
Unless the faithful heart
Guarded as holy the rapture
That love did once impart.