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It was a Lover and His Lass Morley Help Opus Details
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The words are by Shakespeare (1564-1616), from 'As You Like It'. Thomas Morley (a contemporary of Shakespeare) wrote this well-known song as a 4-part madrigal. The mp3 recording features a solo soprano accompanied by a lute.

It was a lover and his lass, With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
That o'er the green corn-field did pass, In the 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 the 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 life was but a flower In the 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 crown`d with the prime In the spring time, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding; Sweet lovers love the spring.
Category: Song Duet Featuring Voice Renaissance Period
Time Signature 4 /4 Key Signature   G Major also featuring Guitar Play MP3 using player below.

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