To hear an oriole sing May be a common thing, Or only a divine. It is not of the bird Who sings the same, unheard, As unto crowd. The fashion of the ear Attireth that it hear In dun or fair. So whether it be rune, Or whether it be none, Is of within; The "tune is in the tree," The sceptic showeth me; "No, sir! In thee!"
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- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems by Emily Dickinson, first published 1891 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Alfred Kunz (b. 1929), "To hear an oriole sing", published 1965. [SSA chorus a cappella] [ sung text not verified ]
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- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Entendre un Loriot chanter", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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