There was a man of Newington, And he was wondrous wise, He jump'd into a quickset hedge, And scratch'd out both his eyes. But when he saw his eyes were out, With all his might and main He jump'd into another hedge, And scratch'd them in again.
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author, "There was a man of Newington", from The Way of Poetry, ed. John Drinkwater [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), "There was a man of Newington", op. 7 no. 7, published 1935 [children's chorus and piano], from Friday Afternoons, no. 7. [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Tom White