As I went out one May morning

  • arrangement of the English folksong for choir SATB and piano or harp

  • Duration 2' 30"



commissioned by Trinity College Music Society, Cambridge, 2011

choirs that have performed this piece include:

The Grove Singers of London (Tim Rhys-Morgan)

Dorking Camerata (Amy Bebbington)

Marquette Choral Society (Floyd Slotterback)

Malcolm Sargent Festival Choir (Nicholas O'Neill)



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As I went out one May morning,
One May morning betime,
I met a maid, from home had stray'd
Just as the sun did shine.

What makes you rise so soon, my dear,
Your journey to pursue?
Your pretty little feet they tread so sweet,
Strike off the morning dew.

I'm going to feed my father's flock,
His young and tender lambs
That over hill and over dale
Lie waiting for their dams.

O stay! O stay! you handsome maid,
And rest a moment here,
For there is none but you alone,
That I do love so dear.

How gloriously the sun doth shine,
How pleasant is the air,
I'd rather rest on my true love's breast
Than any other where.

For I am thine and thou art mine;
No man shall uncomfort thee;
We'll join our hands in wedded bands
And married we will be.