A Set of Three

Song Cycle by Newel Kay Brown (b. 1932)

Word count: 185

?. Who has seen the wind? [sung text not yet checked]

Who has seen the wind? 
  Neither I nor you;
But when the leaves hang trembling,
  The wind is passing through. 

Who has seen the wind? 
  Neither you nor I;
But when the trees bow down their heads,
  The wind is passing by.

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?. If I were a Queen [sung text not yet checked]

If I were a Queen,
  What would I do?
I'd make you King,
  And I'd wait on you.

If I were a King,
  What would I do?
I'd make you Queen,
  For I'd marry you. 

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?. A birthday [sung text not yet checked]

My heart is like a singing bird
  Whose nest is in a watered shoot;
My heart is like an apple tree
  Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
  That paddles in a [purple]1 sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
  Because my love is come to me.

Raise me a dais of [silk and down]2;
  Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
  And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
  In leaves and [silver]3 fleur-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
  Is come, my love, is come to me.

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1 Aldridge, Hall: "halcyon"
2 Parry: "purple and gold"
3 Aldridge: "tiny"

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