The ousel cock, so black of hue, With orange-tawny bill, The throstle with his note so true, The wren with little quill. The finch, the sparrow, and the lark, The plain-song cuckoo grey, Whose note full many a man doth mark, And dares not answer nay.
About the headline (FAQ)Note: used in Matthew King's A Song of Byrds.
- by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 3, Scene 1: Bottom's song [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767 - 1845) FRE ITA ; composed by Hugo Wolf.
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