Welcome, maids of honour

Music: Philip Wood. Words: Robert Herrick (1591 — 1674)
performance time approx 1m 45s
Price code: B
Complexity: ***

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This piece is the first in the set Three old English partsongs
The next piece is To the queen of heaven
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Three Old English Partsongs were written in 2002 for Nova Cantica, a Cumbria based choir directed by Douglas Cook.


Welcome, Maids of Honour,
You doe bring [do]
In the Spring;
And wait upon her.
She has virgins many,
Fresh and faire;
Yet you are
More sweet than any.
Y'are the maiden posies, [you are]
And so grac'd
To be plac'd
’Fore damask roses. [before]
Yet though thus respected,
By and by
Ye doe lie,
Poore girls, neglected.

Robert Herrick

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