I will give my love an apple without e'er a core, I will give my love a house without e'er a door, I will give my love a palace wherein she may be, And she may unlock it without any key. My head is the apple without e'er a core, My mind is the house without e'er a door, My heart is the palace wherein she may be, And she may unlock it without any key.
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- from Volkslieder (Folksongs) , a folk song from Dorset collected by H. Hammond and R. Vaughan Williams [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 (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "The Riddle Song" [voice and guitar] [text verified 1 time]
- by Nicholas Marshall (b. 1942), "I will give my love an apple" [voice, sopranino saxophone, descant, treble recorder, and piano], from Carousel: Seven Children's Songs, no. 4, Forsyth Bros. [text verified 1 time]
- by Jean Christophe Rosaz , "I will give my love an apple", 1999. [voice and violin] [text not verified]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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