Summer. Life. Song. -- 1. Summer Songs

by Adolphus Cunningham Hailstork (b. 1941)

Word count: 205

2. Answer July [sung text not yet checked]

Answer July --
Where is the Bee --
Where is the Blush --
Where is the Hay? 

Ah, said July --
Where is the Seed --
Where is the Bud --
Where is the May --
Answer Thee -- Me --

Nay -- said the May --
Show me the Snow --
Show me the Bells --
Show me the Jay! 

Quibbled the Jay --
Where be the Maize --
Where be the Haze --
Where be the Bur? 
Here -- said the Year --

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3. As children bid the guest good-night [sung text not yet checked]

As children bid the guest good-night,
And then reluctant turn,
My flowers raise their pretty lips,
Then put their nightgowns on.

As children caper when they wake,
Merry that it is morn,
My flowers from a hundred cribs
Will peep, and prance again.

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4. Perhaps you'd like to buy a flower [sung text not yet checked]

Perhaps you'd like to buy a flower,
But I could never sell --
If you would like to borrow,
Until the Daffodil

Unties her yellow Bonnet
Beneath the village door,
Until the Bees, from Clover rows
Their Hock, and Sherry, draw,

Why, I will lend until just then,
But not an hour more!

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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5. Over the fence the strawberries grow [sung text not yet checked]

Over the fence --
Strawberries -- grow --
Over the fence --
I could climb -- if I tried, I know --
Berries are nice!

But -- if I stained my Apron --
God would certainly scold!
Oh, dear, -- I guess if He were a Boy --
He'd -- climb -- if He could! 

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