It was your faither and mither Yet it wasna weddit: It was your sister or brither Though nane were beside it. Wit and wisdom it lent ye, Yet it wasna laired: And though it dee’d or it kent ye It was never buried.
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- by William Soutar (1898 - 1943), no title, appears in Collected Poems, first published 1948 [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), "A riddle (The child you were)", op. 84 no. 7, published 1972 [tenor and piano], from Who are these children?, no. 7. [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Mike Pearson