Old woman, old woman, are you fond of smoking? Speak a little louder, sir, I’m rather fond of hearing. Old woman, old woman, are you fond of knitting? Speak a little louder, sir, I’m rather hard of hearing. Old woman, old woman, will you let me court you? Speak a little louder, sir, I just begin to hear you. Old woman, old woman, don’t you want to marry me? Lawks a mercy on you, sir, I think that now I hear you.
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- by (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "The deaf woman's courtship", 1952, published 2001 [ vocal duet with piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
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- Also set in English, [adaptation] ; composed by Steven Mark Kohn.
- Also set in English, [adaptation] ; composed by John H. Powell.
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- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La cour à la vieille dame sourde", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2016-01-20
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