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One midsummer’s morn as I were a-walking
The fields and the meadows were covered with green,
The birds a-sweetly singing so pleasant and so charming,
So early in the morning by the break of the day.
Arise, arise, go pluck your love a posy
Of the prettiest flowers that grows in yonder green,
O yes I’ll arise and pluck lilies, pinks and roses
All for my dearest Lemady, the girl I adore.
O Lemady, O Lemady what a lovely lass thou art,
Thou art the fairest creature that ever my eye did see!
I’ll play you a tune all on the pipes of ivory
So early in the morning by the break of the day.

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Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including opera, other vocal music, orchestral and chamber pieces. His best-known works include the opera Peter Grimes (1945), the War Requiem (1962) and the orchestral showpiece The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (1945).

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