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Three Songs for Girls' or Boys' Voices: nursery rhymes by Percy Bysshe Shelley and anonymous [incomplete]

Word count: 45

Song Cycle by Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, Sir (1891 - 1975)

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2. A widow bird [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

Translation(s): ITA

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Un passero solitario il suo amore lamenta", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


A widow bird sate mourning for her love
  Upon a wintry bough,
The frozen wind crept on above;
  The freezing stream below.

There was no leaf upon the forest bare,
  No [flower]1 upon the ground
And little motion in the air,
  Except the mill-wheel's sound.


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Some settings use the modernized spelling "sat" instead of "sate"
1 Treharne: "flowers".

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