Every night my prayers I say, And get my dinner every day; And every day that I've been good, I get an orange after food. The child that is not clean and neat, With lots of toys and things to eat, He is a naughty child, I'm sure -- Or else his dear papa is poor.
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- by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894), "System", appears in A Child's Garden of Verses, first published 1885 [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 Natalie Burlin Curtis (1875 - 1921), "System", published 1902 [ medium voice and piano ], from Songs from "A Child's Garden of Verses" [sung text not yet checked]
- by Edward Falk , "System", published <<1940 [ voice and piano ], from A Child's Garden of Verses [sung text not yet checked]
- by Caroline Susan Theodora Grosvenor (1858 - 1940?), "System", published <<1940 [ voice and piano ], from Six songs from "A Child's Garden of Verses" [sung text not yet checked]
- by Liza Lehmann (1862 - 1918), "Every night my prayers I say", 1902 [ voice or vocal quartet and piano ], from More daisies: new songs of childhood, no. 5 [sung text not yet checked]
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- Also set in English, [adaptation] ; composed by Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin.
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This text was added to the website: 2008-12-08
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