Thursday, March 20, 2014


Winter is Gone

Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656), Songs (1622), no. xxii, in English Madrigal Verse 1588-1632, ed. E.H. Fellowes, 2nd ed. (1929; rpt. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1950), p. 196:
Adieu, ye city-prisoning towers;
Better are the country bowers.
Winter is gone, the trees are springing;
Birds on every hedge sit singing.
Hark, how they chirp, Come, love, delay not,
Come, sweet love, O come and stay not.

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