A fan may talk when a virtuous girl must remain silent. If you would choose a lover, the language of the fan is most helpful. Should a young man approach who is not to your taste, the fan warns him of your disdain. But should a youth draw near whose glance sweetly perturbs you, The fan will fall - by merest chance - and he will seize it. That same night you will hear beneath your window a serenade, the rest will follow. A fan may talk when a virtuous girl must remain silent.
- by (Enoch) Arnold Bennett (1867 - 1931) [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 (Aynsley) Eugene Goossens, Sir (1893 - 1962), "The Fan Song", published 1937 [ voice and orchestra or piano ], London: J & W Chester, Ltd. [sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]
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