It was a lover and his lass

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It was a lover and his lass,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
That o'er the green corn-field did pass
Chorus:
In the spring time, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding:
Sweet lovers love the spring.

2. Between the acres of the rye,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
These pretty country folk would lie,
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3. This carol they began that hour,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
How that a life was but a flower
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4. And therefore take the present time,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
For love is crowned with the prime
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