Cuckoo , cuckoo . . .

Cuckoo , cuckoo . . .
Hail to the cuckoo ,
Singing in the greenwood ,
Hail to the cuckoo ,
Bird that brings the spring !

Early in the winter I heard my truelove say
‘The day we hear the cuckoo shall be our wedding day . ’

Slowly passed the winter , slowly came the spring :
At dawning in the greenwood I hear the cuckoo sing .

Sing then , master cuckoo , in the greenwood gay ,
Sing to wake my truelove on this her wedding day .

29th May 1951

Farewell to Sir Guy on his curveting steed

Farewell to Sir Guy on his curveting steed ,
Sing laurel , sing myrtle , sing ivy :
Then lean from your window to wish him good speed
For the lily grows fair in the field , lady .

There’s mirth in the meadow and bliss in the bower ,
Sing laurel , sing myrtle , sing ivy :
Then sit by your window and broider a flower ,
For the lily grows fair in the field , lady .

Their horns in the forest ring sudden and clear ,
Sing laurel , sing myrtle , sing ivy :
The huntsmen are blowing the mort of the deer ,
For the lily grows fair in the field , lady .

The huntsmen are bringing a burden with care ,
Sing laurel , sing myrtle , sing ivy :
Then lean from your window and see what they bear
For the lily lies low in the field , lady .

The horns they are silent , the bells they are loud ,
Sing laurel , sing myrtle , sing ivy :
Then sit by your window and fashion his shroud ,
For the lily lies dead in the field , lady .

When shafts are sped home then the heart it must bleed
Sing laurel , sing myrtle , sing ivy :
Farewell to Sir Guy on his curveting steed ,
For the lily lies dead in the field , lady .

19th May 1951

Dance and sing with me , sing and dance with me

Dance and sing with me , sing and dance with me ,
Over the hill , over the hill :
Sing and dance with me , dance and sing with me .
Over the hill I wander — o .

For there is a land , for there is a land ,
Over the hill , over the hill ,
Where green the trees forever stand ,
When over the hill I wander — o .

And there is a tree , and there is a tree ,
Over the hill , over the hill,
Where birds are singing merrily ,
When over the hill I wander — o .

And there is a bird , and there is a bird ,
Over the hill , over the hill ,
With song the sweetest ever heard ,
When over the hill I wander — o .

And there is a song , and there is a song ,
Over the hill , over the hill ,
Of life in summer all year long,
When over the hill I wander — o .

And there is a life, and there is a life ,
Over the hill , over the hill ,
For one who comes to be my wife,
When over the hill I wander — o .

Dance and sing with me, sing and dance with me ,
Over the hill , over the hill :
Sing and dance with me, dance and sing with me ,
Over the hill I wander — o .

May 7th 1951