The East Indian (James L. Gregory)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-06-26).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: The East Indian
Composer: James L. Gregory
Lyricist: Thomas Moore

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1885 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 18, no. 497

Description: "Inscribed to the President (Rev. R. E. W. Kirkby, M.A.) and the members of the Ware Musical Society."

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Original text and translations

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Come, May, with all thy flowers,
Thy sweetly scented thorn,
Thy cooling evening showers,
Thy fragrant breath at morn,
When Mayflies haunt the willow,
When May-buds tempt the bee;
Then o'er the shining billow
My love will come to me.

From Eastern shores she wingeth,
Through watery wiles her way,
And on her cheek she bringeth
The bright sun's orient ray.
Oh! come and court her hither,
Ye breezes mild and warm;
One winter's gale would wither
So soft, so pure a form.

The fields where she was straying
Are blest with endless light,
With zephyrs always playing
Thro' gardens always bright,
Then now, O May, be sweeter,
Than e'er thou'st been before;
Let sighs from roses meet her,
When she comes near our shore.