In the black furrow of a field I saw an old witch-hare this night; And she cocked a lissome ear, And she eyed the moon so bright, And she nibbled o' the green; And I whispered "Whsst! witch-hare", Away like a ghostie o'er the field She fled, and left the moonlight there.
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- by Walter De la Mare (1873 - 1956), as Walter Ramal, appears in Songs of Childhood, first published 1902 [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 Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, Sir (1891 - 1975), "The hare", 1921, published 1922, first performed 1922 [ voice and piano ], from Three Romantic Songs, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Elaine Hugh-Jones (b. 1927), "The hare", 1966-71 [ soprano or tenor and piano ], from Eight Songs of Walter de la Mare, no. 5 [sung text not yet checked]
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