Wee Willie Gray, [an']1 his leather wallet, Peel a willow-wand, to be him boots and jacket! The rose upon the [brier]2 will be him [trouse]3 and doublet -- The rose upon the [brier]2 will be him [trouse]3 and doublet! Wee Willie Gray, and his leather wallet, Twice a lily-flower will be him sark and [gravat]4! Feathers of a flee wad feather up his bonnet -- Feathers of a flee wad feather up his bonnet!
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Confirmed with The Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns, edited by James Barke with an Introduction by John Cairney, Collins, Glasgow 1995, Page 599.1 Britten: "and"
2 Britten: "breer"
3 Britten: "trews"
4 Britten and Scott: "cravat"
- by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796), "Wee Willie Gray" [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 (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "Wee Willie", op. 92 no. 3 (1975), from A Birthday Hansel, no. 3 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Francis George Scott (1880 - 1958), "Wee Willie Gray", published 1936 [ low voice and piano ], from Scottish Lyrics, Book 5, no. 3, Bayley & Ferguson; confirmed with Songs of Francis George Scott, selected and edited by Neil Mackay, Roberton Publications, Aylesbury 1980, page 90. [sung text checked 1 time]
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- CZE Czech (Čeština) (Josef Václav Sládek) , "Malounký Willie"
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