aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

National Poetry Month concludes

The traditional date of summer's beginning in England is May 1 (Friday). This is a traditional folksong for the occasion.

Hal an Tow

Take no scorn to wear the horn,
It was the crest when you were born.
Your father's father wore it
And your father wore it, too.
Hal an tow, jolly rumbalo,
We were up long before the day, O
To welcome in the summer
To welcome in the May-o,
For summer is a-comin' in
And winter's gone away-o.

Robin Hood and Little John
Have both gone to the fair-o;
and we will to the merry green wood
To hunt the buck and hare-o.
Hal an tow, etc.

What happened to the Spaniards
Who made so great a boast-o?
It's they shall eat the feathered goose
And we shall eat the roast-o.
Hal an tow, etc.

And as for that good knight, St. George,
St. George he was a knight-o,
Of all the knights of Christendom,
St. George is the right-o!
Hal an tow, etc.

God bless Aunt Mary Moses
In all her power and might-o;
May she send peace to England
Send peace by day and night-o.
Hal an tow, etc.

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