Twas in the Pleasant Month of May
DESCRIPTION: "'Twas in the pleasant month of May, When flowers began a-springing, The little lambs did skip and dance, And the birds began a-singing"
EARLIEST DATE: 1908 (GreigDuncan4)
KEYWORDS: flowers animal
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan4 805, "'Twas in the Pleasant Month of May" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
NOTES [110 words]: The current description is all of the GreigDuncan4 fragment.
I think the GreigDuncan4 fragments of "'Twas on the Twenty Second of March" and "'Twas in the Pleasant Month of May" are so brief and use such standard imagery that lumping them together is not justified. See also, for example, "Girls of the Shamrock Shore" and the note about O'Conor's text of "The Shamrock Shore." - BS
It is possible that this is the same as the song we have indexed as "The Merry Haymakers" (Roud #153), which also sometimes appears as "The Pleasant Month of May." But that is English, and this is Scottish, and without more to go on, I've allowed them to remain separate. - RBW
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