Spring for Three Graces (Jon Corelis)

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Editor: Jon Corelis (submitted 2011-09-08).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Spring for Three Graces
Composer: Jon Corelis
Lyricist: William Blake

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSS
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2011

Description: I've ventured to tamper with Blake's text by re-imagining it as being sung by three Graces. Accordingly, I've changed the title from "Spring" to "Spring for Three Graces" and assigned the voices to three parts to which I've given traditional Greek Grace names. The madrigal-like repetition of the refrain is also my innovation. Otherwise, the original text is followed. Lyrics (in their original form) below; for how they match the melody, please see the score. In this sound file, flutes are used to simulate female voices.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Spring for Three Graces

Sound the flute!
Now it's mute!
Bird's delight,
Day and night,
Nightingale,
In the dale,
Lark in sky,
Merrily,
Merrily merrily, to welcome in the year.

Little boy,
Full of joy;
Little girl,
Sweet and small;
Cock does crow,
So do you;
Merry voice,
Infant noise;
Merrily, merrily, to welcome in the year.

Little lamb,
Here I am;
Come and lick
My white neck;
Let me pull
Your soft wool;
Let me kiss
Your soft face;
Merrily, merrily, to welcome in the year.