Spring Carol

A rousing melody set in compound duple meter, the music depicts the imagery of streamlets gushing and the many sounds of rejoicing nature that accompany with spring. A brief section in simple meter is excerpted from a “Spring Song” and denotes a scene of pastoral tranquility “the air was full of sun and birds . . . and I knew love.” The original musical material returns along with the concluding stanza of the carol, this time accompanied by a soaring descant heralding the beginning of a new season.

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When loud by landside streamlets gush,

And clear in the greenwood quires the thrush,

With sun on the meadows

And songs in the shadows

Comes again to me

The gift of the tongues of the lea,

The gift of the tongues of meadows.

It bears the song of the skylark down,

And it hears the singing of the town;

And youth on the highways

And lovers in byways

Follows and sees:

And hearkens the song of the leas

And sings the songs of the highways.

(excerpted from Spring Song)

The air was full of sun and birds,

The fresh air sparkled clearly.

Remembrance wakened in my heart

And I knew I love(d her dearly).

So when the earth is alive with gods,

And the lusty ploughman breaks the sod,

And the grass sings in the meadows,

And the flowers smile in the shadows,

Sits my heart at ease,

Hearing the song of the leas,

Singing the songs of the meadows.