Shepherd ! while the lambs do feed, And you rest beneath a tree, Pipe upon an oaten reed Merrily and merrily. Should it rain do not forbear Rain comes from the happy sky Tune us now a quiet air Till the shower passes by. Back the sun will come in gold ! Pipe away, my dear, until Evening brings the lambs to fold You may weep then if you will.
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- by James Stephens (1882 - 1950), "The piper", appears in The Adventures of Seumas Beg [and] The Rocky Road to Dublin, first published 1915 [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 Samuel Hans Adler (b. 1928), "The piper", published 1963 [high voice and piano], from Four Poems of James Stephens, no. 3, Oxford University Press [text not verified]
- by William C. Stickles (1883 - 1971), "Shepherd, play a little air", published <<1940. [voice and piano] [text not verified]
- by Phyllis Taylor , "The piper", published 1926. [unison chorus and piano] [text not verified]
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]