A linnet in a gilded cage, -- A linnet on a bough, -- In frosty winter one might doubt Which bird is luckier now. But let the trees burst out in leaf, And nests be on the bough, Which linnet is the luckier bird, Oh who could doubt it now?
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- by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830 - 1894), no title, appears in Sing-song: a nursery rhyme book, first published 1872 [author's text checked 1 time 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 Gerald Finzi (1901 - 1956), "A linnet in a gilded cage", published 1936. [duet for 2 sopranos with piano] [text not verified]
- by Hilda M. Grieveson , "A linnet in a gilded cage", published 1925 [voice and piano], from the collection Kikirikee [text not verified]
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