King Stephen [was]1 a worthy peer, His breeches cost him but a crown; He held them sixpence all too dear, With that he called the tailor lown. He was a wight of high renown. And thou art but of low degree: 'Tis pride that pulls the country down; Then take thine auld cloak about thee.
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1 in some versions of Shakespeare, "was and"
- by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice, Act II, Scene 3 [an adaptation] [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 Elizabeth Maconchy (1907 - 1994), "King Stephen", 1965 [voice and piano], from Four Shakespeare Songs, no. 3 [ sung text checked 1 time]
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- FRE French (Français) (François-Victor Hugo) , no title
- SPA Spanish (Español) (Marcelino Menéndez y Pelayo) , no title
Researcher for this text: Maurice Hodges
This text was added to the website: 2007-08-17
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