The Charming Month Of May


Lovely was she by the dawn, Youthful Chloe, charming Chloe, Tripping o'er the pearly lawn, The youthful, charming Chloe. It was the charming month of May, When all the flow'rs were fresh and gay. One morning, by the break of day, The youthful, charming Chloe - From peaceful slumber she arose, Girt on her mantle and her hose, And o'er the flow'ry mead she goes - The youthful, charming Chloe. The feather'd people you might see Perch'd all around on every tree, In notes of sweetest melody They hail the charming Chloe; Till, painting gay the eastern skies, The glorious sun began to rise, Outrival'd by the radiant eyes Of youthful, charming Chloe. Lovely was she by the dawn, Youthful Chloe, charming Chloe, Tripping o'er the pearly lawn, The youthful, charming Chloe.

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Tom Fleming

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1794 and is read here by Tom Fleming.

More about this song

In a letter to George Thomson in November 1794 Burns wrote that he had been going through the list of airs that Thomson had, and had decided to rework a Scottish ballad that had appeared in Allan Ramsay’s Tea-Table Miscellany, and set it to the tune of Dainty Davie.

This song is actually a reworking in English, but Burns still firmly believed that he was providing an improvement over the original, stating to Thomson, ‘take a look at the bombast original, and you will be surprised that I have made so much of it’.

The chorus was Burns’s addition.

Ralph McLean

Themes for this song

beauty nature

Selected for 26 May

A somewhat stilted and conventional offering today. But after all, it IS the, 'charming month of May'...

Donny O'Rourke

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