Sister, Awake!, Thomas Bateson's First Set Of English Madrigals

SISTER, awake! close not your eyes!
   The day her light discloses,
And the bright morning doth arise
   Out of her bed of roses.

See the clear sun, the world's bright eye,
   In at our window peeping:
Lo, how he blusheth to espy
   Us idle wenches sleeping!

Therefore awake! make haste, I say,
   And let us, without staying,
All in our gowns of green so gay
   Into the Park a-maying!

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Insanely poetic, I love this classic
This is one of my favourite madrigals - so old and yet so modern all at once. The changing rhythms and phrase lengths in such a short piece give it the feel of a miniature dance suite. If you enjoy madrigals for girls' voices and don't know it, try it now. Enjoy.