When daffodils begin to peer
When daffodils begin to peer -
With heigh! The doxy over the dale -
Why, then comes the sweet o' the year;
For the red blood reigns in the winter's pale.
The white sheet bleaching on the hedge -
With heigh! The sweet birds, O how they sing!
Doth set my pugging tooth on edge;
For a quart of ale is a dish for a king.
The lark, that tirra-lirra chants,
With heigh! with heigh! The thrush and the jay,
Are summer songs for me and my aunts,
While we lie tumbling in the hay.
But shall I go mourn for that, my dear?
The pale moon shines by night:
And when I wander here and there,
I then do most go right.
Jog on, jog on, the foot-path way,
And merrily hent the stile-a:
A merry heart goes all the day,
Your sad tires in a mile-a.
R. Quilter sets stanzas 1-3
E. Moeran sets stanzas 1-3
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1 Not set by Quilter.
Submitted by Ted Perry
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text),
listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
by Marc Blitzstein (1905 - 1964)
, "Shepherd's song", published 1958 [low voice, piano], from Six Elizabethan Songs, no. 2.
Otto Gildemeister (1823 - 1902)
, no title
by Stanley Fletcher
, "When daffodils begin to peer", 1950, first performed 1950 [baritone and piano], from A Shakespeare Triad
text not verified
by John (Nicholson) Ireland (1879 - 1962)
, "When daffodils begin to peer", 1903, from Songs of a Wayfarer, no. 2.
by Ernest John Moeran (1894 - 1950)
, "The sweet o' the year", R. 61 (1931), published 1931, stanzas 1-3 [voice and piano], Augener
by Roger Quilter (1877 - 1953)
, "When daffodils begin to peer", op. 30 no. 2 (1933), published 1933, stanzas 1-3 [voice and piano], from Four Shakespeare Songs (Third Set), no. 2, London, Boosey
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