Thick in its glass The physic stands, Poor Henry lifts Distracted hands; His round cheek wans In the candlelight, To smell that smell! To see that sight! Finger and thumb Clinch his small nose, A gurgle, a gasp, And down it goes; Scowls Henry now; But mark that cheek, Sleek with the bloom Of health next week!
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- by Walter De la Mare (1873 - 1956), "Poor Henry", appears in Peacock Pie: A Book of Rhymes, in 2. Boys and Girls, no. 3, first published 1913 [author's text checked 1 time 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 Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "Poor Henry", 2006 [ medium-high voice, piano ], from Pieces of Peacock Pie, no. 10 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Lennox Randal Francis Berkeley, Sir (1903 - 1989), "Poor Henry", published 1948 [ medium voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Juliana Hall (b. 1958), "Poor Henry", 1989, first performed 1995 [ tenor and piano ], from Peacock Pie -- 20 songs for Tenor and Piano, no. 9 [sung text not yet checked]
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