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photographer's door. In this a boy with a bunch of flowers on a stick accompanies them, but this is not very usual.


Verses sung by Children at Watford, Herts, on May-Day.

1.Here begins the merry month of May,
The bright time of the year.
When Christ our Saviour died for us,
Who loved us so dear.

2.So dear, so dear, Christ loved us.
And all our sins to save;
We'd better leave off our wickedness,
And turn to the Lord again.

3.I have been travelling all this night,
And best part of this day,
And now I have returned again,
I've brought you a branch of May;

4.A branch of May I have brought you,
And at your door I stand.
It is but a bud, but it's well spreaded out,
By the work of our Lord's hand.

5.A garland, a garland, a very pretty garland,
As ever you wish to see,
'Tis fit for the Queen Victoria,
So please remember me.

6.I have a little purse within my pocket,
Dressed up in silk and string.
And all I want is a little piece of money.
So please to put within.

7.My song is done—I must be gone.
No longer can I stay;
God bless you all, both great and small;
I wish you a merry month of May.


Variants.

1.We have been walking all the night,
And the best part of this day;
And now returning back again,
We bring you a branch of May.

2.A branch of May we have brought you.
And at your door it stands;
It is but a sprout, but it's well budded out,
In the shape of our Lord's hands.

Watford.