In the southern village the boy who minds the ox With his naked feet stands on the ox’s back. Through the hole in his coat the river wind blows; Through his broken hat the mountain rain pours. On the long dyke he seemed to be far away; In the narrow lane suddenly we were face to face. The boy is home and the ox is back in its stall; And a dark smoke oozes through the thatched roof.
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- by Arthur Waley (1889 - 1969), "The herd-boy", first published 1946 [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), "The herd-boy", op. 58 no. 4 (1957) [ tenor and guitar ], from Songs from the Chinese, no. 4, Boosey & Hawkes [sung text checked 1 time]
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