'Tis the morning of the fair (Reginald de Koven)

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Editor: Christopher Hapka (submitted 2008-07-17).   Score information: Letter, 21 pages, 1.1 MB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: 'Tis the morning of the fair
Composer: Reginald de Koven
Lyricist: Clement Scott

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularOpera

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1890

Description: No. 2 from "Robin Hood"

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Original text and translations

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Holla! Holla! Holla!
'Tis the morning of the fair,
'Tis a day of pas time rare,
Hail! the gladsome day,
The happy month of May.
Yes, hail the day!
Holla! Holla!
Hail! the happy day, yes, hail the day!
Yes, hail the happy day, yes hail, the day!
Come to the fair, to the fair,
Come, for the fair, pray prepare,
Come, 'tis a day bright and rare!
Hail! Mayday, so gay,
Springtime comes, smiling over hill and dale,
Mayday bright
Brings delight,
Happy time, we sing to thee all hail!
Birds so blithe
On Caroling on ev'ry side,
Sing, to the Spring,
Welcoming gay the springtide.
For it is meet we look our best upon this Mayday morning:
Bright will be our fair.
Seem to sing
To the Spring,
Welcoming with joy the sweet springtide.
Come village girls with ribbons bright their hair so fair adorning,
See! the Maypole gleams in the sun,
Soon the liveliest dance, the dance will now begin.
Soon the merry morris dance, the dance will soon now begin.
All hail our fair,
Yes, hail the fair!
A time most rare
Beyond compare,
All hail our fair, All hail our fair, hail!
Springtime comes, smiling over hill and dale,
Mayday so gay,
Mayday bright
Brings delight,
Happy time, we sing to thee all hail! hail our fair, it is the gayest brightest day,
Hail to merry May. They come,
Their horns resound! We hear!
List to the gay hunter's horn.
Sound thro' the forest at morn.
Life so free! We roam and rove in Sherwood's grove beneath the greenwood tree.
Life so free! So do we. Through all the glades and sylvan shades our homes are found,
We In Sherwood forest the merriest of lives is our outlaw's life so free!
So do we.
They're here! So free!
Thro' the glades
And the shades, afar and near, horns we sound.
So free! We hunt the deer, afar and near,
Our hunting horns do we sound.
Tan ta ra Tan tan ta ra Tan tan ta ra Tan ta ra ra!
Cheerily, merrily roaming e'er,
Living like kings in our forest fair,
Ever are we gay.
Ever are we gay, Cheerily, merrily roaming e'er,
Living like Kings in the forest fair.
Ever gay, Ever are they gay, all day.
Come dance, come dance, come dance.
A morris dance must you entrance,
Let us dance! Let us dance!
Fa la fa la
Trip a morris dance hilarious,
Lightly, brightly,
Trip steps so various,
Trip in measure multifarious,
Trip in steps ure multifarious,
Fa la la fa la la
Triip a morris dance hilarious,
Lightly, brightly celebrate the fair;
Fa la fa la la la la la la la la la la la!
Dance then,
Fa la fa la dance a morris dance hilarious,
Lightly,
Brightly,
Dance measures various,
Yes, dance, dance so gay
Dance your best, dance with zest, and don't stop to rest, dance your best,
Fa la la la la la
We will make holiday with pleasures so gay, fa la!
Dance a morris dance hilarious,
Tripping gay
We'll make holiday, dance so lightly, so gaily to make holiday.
Lightly and brightly we celebrate the fair;
dance your prettiest,
and dance your lightest and best,
No court minuet is ever danced half so gladly,
Now dance your liveliest, without a stop for a rest.
Then Fa la fa la dance a morris dance hilarious,
Lightly,
Brightly,
Trip in measures multifarious,
Fa la fa la
Dance a morris dance hilarious,
Yes, dance your best, dance with all zest, yes, dance your best,
We'll dance then so merrily and we will dance very cheerily,
In measures quite multifarious, and in a manner hilarious;
yes, we will dance and be gay, fa la fa la!
Dance a morris dance hilarious,
Tripping so gaily
We'll make holiday, dance so lightly, so gaily to make holiday.