My true friend hath my hat, and I have his, By choice of mine, one for another changed; I hold his dear, and mine he'd never miss, There never was a better swop arranged: My true friend hath my hat, and I have his. His hat on me saves me the price of one; My hat on him his foolish head hath guyed; He hates my hat, he much prefers his own, I cherish his, my bald patch it doth hide: My true friend hath my hat, and I have his.
Note: this is a parody of Philip Sidney's poem The bargain.
- by Archibald Stodart-Walker (1869 - 1934), "My true friend hath my hat", subtitle: "S-r Ph-l-p S-dn-y" [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 Liza Lehmann (1862 - 1918), "My true friend hath my hat", subtitle: "S-r Ph-l-p S-dn-y", published 1914 [ tenor, bass and piano ], from Parody Pie, no. 2, Chappell & Co. [sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2017-09-13
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Word count: 91