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Now welcome, somer
 

For SSAATTBB, dedicated to the Sibelius Academy Vocal Ensemble. 'Now welcome, somer' has been performed by The Carice Singers and Ex Cathedra.

About the text

'Now welcome, somer' is a song which appears towards the end of Geoffrey Chaucer's Parliament of Fowles. The poem has been described as a 'dream-vision' in which the narrator falls asleep during the prologue and dreams about the goddess Nature who plays match-maker to a whole host of birds. The birds who are not sucessfully matched are invited to try again next year, and love remains a mystery to the slumberous narrator.

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