Miniver Cheevy, child of scorn, Grew lean when he assailed the seasons; He wept that he was ever born, And he had reasons. Miniver loved the days of old When swords were bright and steeds were prancing; The vision of a warrior bold Would set him dancing. Miniver sighed for what was not, And dreamed, and rested from his labors; He dreamed of Thebes and Camelot, And Priam's neighbors. Miniver mourned the ripe renown That made so many a name so fragrant; He mourned Romance, now on the town, And Art, a vagrant. Miniver loved the Medici, Albeit he had never seen one; He would have sinned incessantly Could he have been one. Miniver cursed the commonplace And eyed a khaki suit with loathing; He missed the mediaeval grace Of iron clothing. Miniver scorned the gold he sought, But sore annoyed was he without it; Miniver thought, and thought, and thought, And thought about it. Miniver Cheevy, born too late, Scratched his head and kept on thinking: Miniver coughed, and called it fate, And kept on drinking.
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- by Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869 - 1935), "Miniver Cheevy", appears in The Town Down the River, first published 1910 [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 Franz Carl Bornschein (1879 - 1948), "Miniver Cheevy", published 1947. [TTBB chorus and piano] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by John Woods Duke (1899 - 1984), "Miniver Cheevy (A satire in the form of variations)", 1945, published 1948 [voice and piano], from Four Poems by Edwin Arlington Robinson, no. 2, Carl Fischer [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Philip Frederick Wright James (1890 - 1975), "Miniver Cheevy" [narrator and piano or orchestra] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Wintter Watts (1884 - 1962), "Miniver Cheevy", published 1924 [low voice and piano], from Three Songs for Low Voice [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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