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kwilkyn wrote at 2010-07-08 23:14:38
Do you mean a version in English written to scan properly with the music? I've been looking for that too- we sang it at a school concert (over 40 years ago) and like you I can't recall the words. The bit that I can remember goes:

winter is over,the snow melts away

sweet spring comes with gladness

sunshine falls warm on the young hawthorn spray

I walk in my sadness



waters once frozen are flowing to the sea

the rivers are roaring

All that I loved for the last time comes to me

my dear larks are soaring



Then there's a possible memory block...

Then:

and though I pass yet the clear voice of a bird

shall touch a newcomer

singing once more  all the songs that I have heard

of sunlight and summer

Then it's a blank again...

the last line was

'a flute softly playing'.

Maybe that will jog your memory enough to recall the missing bits.


Lorraine wrote at 2011-05-20 17:18:34
I can remember singing The Last Spring at junior school, many years ago. These are the words that I can recall.



The Last Spring



Winter is over, the snow melts away

Sweet spring comes with gladness

Sunshine falls warm on the young hawthorn spray

I walk with my sadness

Waters once frozen are flowing to the sea

The rivers are roaring

All that I loved for the last time comes to me

My dear larks are soaring



Though I must pass, yet the clear voice of a bird

Shall touch a newcomer

He will rejoice in the songs that I have heard

Of sunlight and summer



Spring brought me home to deep valleys of green

Which banished my sorrow

Here I was happy, and since that has been

I fear no tomorrow

All lovely flowers at my careless feet are spread

To pluck at my leisure

Yet now they seem precious spirits of the dead

To bless and to treasure



There is no time now for profitless despair

The time is for praying

Like heaven's answer there hovers in the air

A flute softly playing  


Marie wrote at 2013-08-16 10:51:43
There is no time now for effortless despair

The time is for sadness

He will rejoice in the land that I once knew

Of sunlight and gladness


Anne davis wrote at 2015-01-02 23:03:59
THANKYOU so much for filling in those gaps! We sang a lot of lovely songs at my Primary school back in the 60s and this was one of my favourites! Lovely words and sad but beautiful music.


Helen Robertson wrote at 2015-08-25 22:12:38
We sang this song at an end of term concert in Glasgow,Scotland in the late 60's or early 70's.I knew it fitted Grieg's Last Spring but the recordings of Last Spring I have found have different lyrics.

Thank you for posting the "1960's" lyrics. They speak of hope to me and passing joy to a future generation as well as death.

I would love to get a recording of Last Spring with these lyrics  


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