Arise, sweet love (Henry David Leslie)

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  • (Posted 2019-07-15)   CPDL #54794:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-07-15).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 134 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a tone to G major. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Arise, sweet love
Composer: Henry David Leslie
Lyricist: John Philips

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 4, no. 137

Description: 137


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Original text and translations

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1  Arise, sweet love,
Sweet love, the stars grow pale,
The glorious sun is nigh,
The blackcap's pipe trills through the dale.
The swallow twitters by.
The lark now sings his merry lay,
Rose-clouds bedeck the sky;
R:  Then rise, sweet love, this is Mayday,
And to the woods we'll hie,
Arise, sweet love, the sun is nigh,
Then rise, sweet love, the sun is nigh.

2  Arise, sweet love,
Sweet love, the sun is up,
The morn is fresh and fair,
Dew sparkles on the buttercup,
The hawthorn scents the air.
The leaves and woods are green and gay,
And charm both ear and eye.
R:  Then rise, sweet love, this is Mayday,
And to the woods we'll hie,
Arise, sweet love, the sun is nigh,
Then rise, sweet love, the sun is nigh.