Four songs

Song Cycle by Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir (1852 - 1924)

Word count: 167

?. The city child [sung text not yet checked]

Dainty little maiden, whither would you wander?
    Whither from this pretty home, the home where mother dwells?
"Far and far away," said the dainty little maiden,
"All among the gardens, auriculas, anemones,
    Roses and lilies and Canterbury-bells."

Dainty little maiden, whither would you wander?
    Whither from this pretty house, this city-house of ours?
"Far and far away," said the dainty little maiden,
"All among the meadows, the clover and the clematis,
    Daisies and kingcups and honeysuckle-flowers."

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First published without a title in St. Nicholas, February 1880 as one of the "Child Songs", revised 1884

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

?. Spring [sung text not yet checked]

Birds' love and birds' song.
Flying here and there,-
Birds' song and birds' love,
And you with gold for hair!
Birds' song and birds' love,
Passing with the weather,
Men's song and men's love
To love once and for ever.

Men's love and birds' love,
And women's love and men's!
And you my wren with crown of gold,
You my Queen of the wrens!
You the Queen of the wrens!
We'll be birds of a feather;
I'll be King of the Queen of the wrens,
And all in a nest together!

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]