My songs to sell, sweet maid! I pray you buy. Here's one will win a lady's tears, Here's one will make her gay, Here's one will charm your true love true Forever and a day; Good sir, I pray you buy! Oh, no, she will not buy. My songs to sell, sweet maid! I pray you buy. This one will teach you Lilith's lore, And this what Helen knew, And this will keep your gold hair gold, And this your blue eyes blue; Sweet maid, I pray you buy! Oh, no, she will not buy. If I'd as much money as I could tell, I never would cry my songs to sell. I never would cry my songs to sell.
- by Adelaide Crapsey (1878 - 1914), "Vendor's Song", appears in Verse, first published 1915 [author's text checked 1 time 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 George Frederick McKay (1899 - 1970), "Vendor's Song", published 1936. [SSA chorus and piano] [text not verified]
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This text was added to the website: 2004-06-03
Line count: 19
Word count: 120