Welcome in the May: A Circle Time

Here's a circle to help you welcome in the May time! I hope you enjoy it - happy May!  xo, Kelly

Welcome in the May Circle 

Songs and verses are traditional unless otherwise noted. Circle and song recordings by Kelly Ehrman.

Song: Hal An Tow  {Traditional Celtic}

Chorus:

Hal-an-tow - clap

Jolly-rum-ba-low - clap

We were up - clap

Long before the day-o

To welcome in the summer

To welcome in the May-o

Summer is a comin’ in

And winter’s gone away-o

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Take no scorn to wear the horn

It was the crest when you were born

Your father’s father wore it

Your father wore it, too

Repeat Chorus

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Robin Hood and Little John

Have both gone to the Fair-O

And we will to the Merry Green

To hunt the buck and hare-O

Repeat Chorus

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We have brought the budding branch

To bless each hearth and bed-O

For none should lie alone today

But to the woods, instead-O!

Repeat Chorus

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Bless the Lord and Lady

And all who dwell in here-O

And bless the little children born

And turning of the year-O

Repeat Chorus

Verse: Buttercups  {Traditional}

Sing a song of buttercups,

Filled with golden sun.

Sing a song of daisy flowers,

Summertime’s begun!

Sing a song of singing birds,

Singing just for fun.

Sing a song of summertime,

Yes, summer has begun!

Song: Ring Around the Rosies  {Traditional}

Ring around the rosies, pockets full of posies

Ashes! Ashes! We all fall down!

The cows are in the meadow, eating buttercups

Achoo! Achoo! We all jump up!

Song: Over in the Meadow  {Traditional}

Over in the meadow in a pond in the sun,

Lived an old mother duck and her little duck one,

“Quack!” said the mother, “I Quack!” said the one,

And they quacked and were happy in the pond in the sun.

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Over in the meadow in a stream so blue,

Lived an old mother fish and her little fish two,

“Swim!” said the mother, “We swim!” said the two,

And they swam and were happy in the stream so blue.

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Over in the meadow in a nest in a tree,

Lived an old mother bird and her little birdies three,

“Sing!” said the mother, “We sing!” said the three,

And they sang and were happy in the nest in the tree.

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Over in the meadow on a rock by the shore,

Lived an old mother frog and her little frogs four,

“Jump!” said the mother, “We jump!” said the four,

And they jumped and were happy on the rock by the shore.

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Over in the meadow in a big beehive,

Lived an old mother bee and her little bees five,

“Buzz!” said the mother, “We buzz!” said the five,

And they buzzed and were happy in the big beehive.

Fingerplay: Where are the bees?  {Emilie Poulsson}

Here is the beehive,

Where are the bees?

Hidden away where nobody sees.

Watch and you’ll see them come out of the hive,

One, two, three, four, five!

Bzzzzz…..all fly away!

Song: Little Bees  {Traditional Verse; Music by Kelly Ehrman}

Little bees work very hard,

Making golden honey,

Taking nectar from the flowers,

When the days are sunny.

We’re busy, busy all the day,

Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!

We do not have time to play,

Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!

Verse: The glory of May  {Flora Thompson; Abridged}

All hail gentle spring

With thy sunshine and showers,

And welcome the sweet buds

That burst in the bowers;

Again we rejoice

As thy step light and free

Brings leaves to the woodland

And flowers to the bee,

Come see our new garland

So green and so gay

‘Tis the first fruits of spring

And the glory of May.

Song: A Branch of Snowy May  {Traditional}

Here’s a branch of snowy May,

A branch the fairies gave me,

Would you like to dance today,

With a branch the fairies gave me,

Dance away, dance away,

Holding high the branch of May!

Song: Here We Go ‘Round the Maypole High  {Traditional}

Here we go round the Maypole high,

The Maypole high, the Maypole high,

Here we go round the Maypole high,

Let colored ribbons fly, let colored ribbons fly.

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See lasses and lads go tripping by,

Go tripping by, go tripping by,

See lasses and lads go tripping by,

Let colored ribbons fly, let colored ribbons fly.

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In rainbow hues make garlands gay,

Make garlands gay, make garlands gay,

In rainbow hues make garlands gay,

Let colored ribbons fly, let colored ribbons fly.

Happy May!