Perhaps you'd like to buy a flower, But I could never sell -- If you would like to borrow, Until the Daffodil Unties her yellow Bonnet Beneath the village door, Until the Bees, from Clover rows Their Hock, and Sherry, draw, Why, I will lend until just then, But not an hour more!
About the headline (FAQ)
- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems of Emily Dickinson, first published 1890 [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 James Fitzwilliam (b. 1963), "Perhaps you'd like to buy a flower", 2002, from Three Flower Songs, no. 1 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Adolphus Cunningham Hailstork (b. 1941), "Perhaps you'd like to buy a flower", 2004 [ voice and piano ], from Summer. Life. Song. -- 1. Summer Songs, no. 4 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Juliana Hall (b. 1958), "Perhaps you'd like to buy a flower ", 2010 [ soprano and piano ], from Upon this Summer's Day -- 8 songs for Soprano and Piano, no. 4 [sung text not yet checked]
- by George Perle (1915 - 2009), "Perhaps you'd like to buy a flower", 1977 [ voice and piano ], from Thirteen Dickinson Songs, no. 1 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Gitta Steiner (1932 - 1990), "Perhaps you'd like to buy a flower", published 1971 [ SATB chorus a cappella ], from Five Poems for Mixed Chorus [sung text not yet checked]
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