by Edward Lear (1812 - 1888)

There was an Old Man with a flute
Language: English 
There was an Old Man with a flute,
A sarpint ran into his boot;
But he played day and night,
Till the sarpint took flight,
And avoided that man with a flute.

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  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Carlo Izzo ; composed by Goffredo Petrassi.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-03-05
Line count: 5
Word count: 32