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His Bill an Auger is His Head, a Cap and Frill He laboreth at every Tree A Worm, His utmost Goal --
- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886) [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 Julian Philips (b. 1969), "The woodpecker", 1997/2002, published 2007 [high voice and piano], from An Amherst Bestiary, no. 5, Peters Edition [ sung text verified 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le pic", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Sharon Krebs) , "Der Specht", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2014-08-28
Line count: 4
Word count: 21
Son Bec est une Foreuse Sa Tête, une Toque et une Collerette Il travaille dur sur chaque Arbre Un Ver, son But suprême --
- Translation from English to French (Français) copyright © 2017 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
- a text in English by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
This text was added to the website: 2017-09-09
Line count: 4
Word count: 23