Two Nonsense Verses, an Epigram and a Madrigal

Song Cycle by Jürg Wyttenbach (b. 1935)

Word count: 78

1. Two nonsense verses

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Hark to the whimper of the sea-gull
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The turtles lives 'twixt plated decks
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2. Epigram [sung text checked 1 time]

Sir, I admit your general rule,
That every poet is a fool,
But you yourself may serve to show it,
That every fool is not a poet.

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Barbara Rufer) , "Das Sinngedicht", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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3. Madrigal [sung text checked 1 time]

My Love in her attire doth show her wit,
It doth so well become her:
For every season she hath dressings fit,
For winter, spring, and summer.

No beauty she doth miss
When all her robes are on:
But Beauty's self, Beauty's self she is
When all her robes are gone.

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