by James Stephens (1882 - 1950)

Shepherd ! while the lambs do feed
Language: English 
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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