Now the bright Morning Star (Maria Hester Park)
- Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2019-11-27). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 73 kB Copyright: Personal
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First published: 1790
Description: There is nothing in the cleffing of this piece to indicate that Park expected performance by any other than the contemporary standard (all-male) forces. In deference to her gender, a transposed edition is provided to enable performance by female choirs.
Original text and translations
Now the bright morning star, day's harbinger,
Comes dancing from the East, and leads with her
Flow'ry May, who from her green lap throws
The yellow cowslip and the pale primrose.
Hail bounteous May, that dost inspire
Mirth and youth and warm desire.
Woods and groves are of thy dressing,
Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing.
Thus we salute thee with our early song,
And welcome thee, and wish thee long.