John Stafford Smith
(1750 - 1836)

Smith : When daisies pied : illustration

When daisies pied
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Song from The Winter's Tale, published 1785, originally written for men's voices. This edition is also offered for S.S.A.
Lyrics: William Shakespeare

When daisies pied, and violets blue,
And ladysmocks all silver white,
And cuckoo buds of yellow hue
Do paint the meadows with delight;
The cuckoo then, from tree to tree,
Mocks married men;
For thus sings he:
Cuckoo. O word of fear
Unpleasing to a married ear.


When shepherds pipe on oaten straws,
And merry larks are ploughmen's clocks,
And turtles tread, and rooks and daws,
And maidens bleach their summer smocks;
The cuckoo then on ev'ry tree
Mocks married men;
For thus sings he:
Cuckoo. O word of fear
Unpleasing to a married ear.