Little Kings and Queens of the May, Listen to me! If you want to be Every one of you very good In that beautiful, beautiful, beautiful wood, Where the little birds' heads get so turned with delight, That some of them sing all night: Whatever you pluck, Leave some for good luck; Picked from the stalk, or pulled up by the root, From overhead, or from underfoot, Water-wonders of pond or brook; Wherever you look, And whatever you find -- Leave something behind: Some for the Naïads, Some for the Dryads, And a bit for the Nixies, and the Pixies.
- by Juliana Horatia Ewing (1841 - 1885) [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 Liza Lehmann (1862 - 1918), "For good luck", 1902 [voice or vocal quartet and piano], from More daisies: new songs of childhood, no. 3. [text verified 1 time]
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