Give a man a horse he can ride, Give a man a boat he can sail; And his rank and wealth, his strength and health, On sea nor shore shall fail. Give a man a pipe he can smoke Give a man a book he can read: And his home is bright with a calm delight, Though the room be poor indeed. Give a man a girl he can love, As I O my love, love thee; And his heart is great with the pulse of fate, At home, on land, on sea.
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- by James Thomson (1834 - 1882) [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 (Mary) Frances Allitsen, née Bumpus (1848 - 1912), "Give a man a horse he can ride", published 1886 [voice and piano], London : Hutchings & Co. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Jean Mary Anderson (b. 1939), "Gifts", 1989, from Three Songs for Baritone, Flute and Piano, no. 2. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Jean Berger, né Arthur Schloßberg (1909 - 2002), "Gifts", from Three Songs, no. 1. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Henry Ernest Geehl (1881 - 1957?), "Give a man a horse he can ride", published 1933 [vocal quartet for male voices], arrangement of the song by Allitsen ; London : Enoch & Sons [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Michael (Dewar) Head (1900 - 1976), "Give a man a horse he can ride", 1917, published 1923. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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