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1 THE village bells ring merrily,
2 The milk maids sing so cheerily,
3 With flow'ry wreaths and ribbons crown'd,
4 Now May Day comes its annual round;
5 The may-pole rears its lofty head,
6 Round on the turf they dance and play;
7 While I the distant pathway tread,
8 And shun their dance, and festive lay.
9 The wither'd leaves fell mournfully,
10 The autumn blast blew cold for me,
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11 When Lubin left me at the door
12 Of our lone cottage on the moor.
13 He follows far the fife and drum,
14 In scarlet deck'd, and feathers gay;
15 Ah! while he wanders far from home,
16 How can I hail the festive May?


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Title (in Source Edition): MAY DAY.
Genres: song

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Hunter, Anne Home (Mrs. John), 1742-1821. Poems, by Mrs. John Hunter. London: Printed for T. Payne, Mews Gate, by T. Bensley, Bolt Court, Fleet Street, 1802, pp. 113-114.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [280 e.4058].)

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