A little English Madrigal for this May Day

In honor (honour?) of the impending arrival of my sister on this fine May Day morning, with all the puns associated with both her name and her favorite hobby, I present without further ado an appropriate little ditty, a.k.a. an English Madrigal.

This Sweet and Merry Merry Month of May
William Byrd (1543-1623)

This sweet and merry merry month of May
While Nature wantons in her Prime
And birds do sing,
and beasts do play,
For pleasure of the joyful time.
I choose the first for holiday,
and greet Eliza with a rhyme:
O beauteous Queen of second Troy
Take well in worth a simple toy.

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