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

Lyrics: William Shakespeare

It was a lover and his lass,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
That o'er the green cornfields did pass
In spring time, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, Hey ding a ding, ding:
Sweet lovers love the spring.


Between the acres of the rye,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
These pretty country folks would lie,
In spring time, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, Hey ding a ding, ding:
Sweet lovers love the spring.


This carol they began that hour,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
How that a life was but a flower,
In spring time, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, Hey ding a ding, ding:
Sweet lovers love the spring.


And therefore take the present time,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
For love is crowned with the prime
In spring time, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, Hey ding a ding, ding:
Sweet lovers love the spring.

George Alexander Macfarren
(1813 - 1887)

Macfarren : It was a lover and his lass : illustration


It was a lover and his lass

(S.A.T.B. + reduction)

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