A Spring Carol: Tempus Adest Floridum

It’s finally spring, so here is a transcription of a spring carol:

Tempus Adest Floridum

from the Piae Cantiones (1582).


Most of you are familiar with the tune – it is used in the Christmas carol Good King Wenceslas which is a 19th century adaptation.The 16th century Latin words are for Spring.

Here is a lively performance of Tempus Adest Floridum:

 So don’t save this useful tune just for winter use!

This Wikipedia article also gives the earlier, earthier Carmina Burana words.

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