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One from Macfarren's collection of settings of "Shakspere songs".

Lyrics: William Shakespeare

When daisies pied, and violets blue,
And ladysmocks all silver white,
And cuckoo buds of yellow hue
Do paint the meadows with delight;
The cuckoo then on ev'ry tree
Mocks married men;
For thus sings he:
Cuckoo. O word of fear
Unpleasing to a married ear.


When shepherds pipe on oaten straws,
And merry larks are ploughmen's clocks,
And turtles tread, and rooks and daws,
And maidens bleach their summer smocks;
The cuckoo then on ev'ry tree
Mocks married men;
For thus sings he:
Cuckoo. O word of fear
Unpleasing to a married ear.

George Alexander Macfarren
(1813 - 1887)

Macfarren : When daisies pied : illustration


When daisies pied

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