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Origins: Hush there's a rustling

GUEST,Lucy Davies 10 Mar 10 - 09:06 AM
GUEST,Guest: Nickname 03 May 11 - 06:00 AM
GUEST,Jim Dixon at the UST library 06 May 11 - 06:30 PM
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Subject: Origins: Hush there's a rustling
From: GUEST,Lucy Davies
Date: 10 Mar 10 - 09:06 AM

I'm trying to find out the remaining lines of the second verse of this old poem/song which was sung on May Day in Huntingdon in the 1940s and North Bucks possibly as early as the 1910s. Also anything about the melody.
The first verse and next two lines go :
Hush there's a rustling of silken dresses
Queen's maid's holding a drawing room
Come smell the fragrance of purple lilac
Come catch the glinting of golden broom
Sweet apple blossom is full of blushes
Hawthorn we see like a drift of snow
The laburnum in yellow, velvet
Passes and gracefully curtseys low.

Haughtily stand all her chestnut sisters
Dressed overall in their creams and browns.

Can anyone help?
Thanks. Lucy


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Subject: RE: Origins: Hush there's a rustling
From: GUEST,Guest: Nickname
Date: 03 May 11 - 06:00 AM

I think it's Queen May because all the trees mentioned blossom in May.
Don't know the second verse though and would love to.
We sang it in school in the 50's


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Subject: RE: Origins: Hush there's a rustling
From: GUEST,Jim Dixon at the UST library
Date: 06 May 11 - 06:30 PM

Can't find it in Google Books. Sorry.


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