Midnight's bell goes ting, ting, ting, ting, ting, Then dogs do howl, and not a bird does sing But the nightingale, and she cries twit, twit, twit; Owls then on every bough do sit; Ravens croak on chimneys' tops; The cricket in the chamber hops; The nibbling mouse is not asleep, But he goes peep, peep, peep, peep, peep; And the cats cry mew, mew, mew, And still the cats cry mew, mew, mew.
- by Thomas Middleton (1570? - 1627), appears in Blurt, Master Constable [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "Midnight's bell goes ting, ting, ting", op. 60 no. 4, from Nocturne for tenor solo, seven obligato instruments and string orchestra, no. 4. [text verified 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Jean-Pierre Granger)
- CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , title 1: "La campana a mitjanit fa ting, ting, ting", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
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