April is in my mistress' face

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April is in my mistress' face written by Thomas Morley is one of the best-known and shortest of English madrigals; it was published in 1594, and appears to be based on an Italian text by Livio Celiano, set by Orazio Vecchi in 1587.[1]

April is in my mistress' face,
And July in her eyes hath place;
Within her bosom is September,
But in her heart a cold December.


  1. ^ Phillip Ledger (ed) The Oxford Book of English Madrigals (1978) Oxford University Press, and co-issued recording, by Pro Cantione Antiqua

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