The cock shall crow in the morning grey, The bugles blow at the break of day, The cock shall sing and the merry bugles ring; And all the little brown birds sing upon the spray. The thorn shall blow in the month of May, My love shall go in her holiday array, But I shall like in the Kirkyard nigh, While all the little brown birds sing upon the spray.
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- by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894), "Ditty", appears in Songs of Travel and other verses, first published 1896 [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 John Alden Carpenter (1876 - 1951), "The cock shall crow", published 1912 [medium voice and piano], from Eight Songs, no. 6. [text verified 1 time]
- by John G. Koch (b. 1928), "Ditty", published 1965. [soprano and piano] [text not verified]
Researcher for this text: Geoffrey Wieting
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 70