by Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928)

The colour
Language: English 
"What shall I bring you?
Please will white do
Best for your wearing
The long day through?"
" - White is for weddings,
Weddings, weddings,
White is for weddings,
And that won't do. - "

"What shall I bring you?
Please will red do
Best for your wearing
The long day through?"
" - Red is for soldiers,
Soldiers, soldiers,
Red is for soldiers
And that won't do. - "

"What shall I bring you?
Please will blue do
Best for your wearing
The long day through?"
" - Blue is for sailors,
Sailors, sailors,
Blue is for sailors,
And that won't do. - "

"What shall I bring you?
Please will green do
Best for your wearing
The long day through?"
" - Green is for mayings,
Mayings, mayings,
Green is for mayings,
And that won't do. - "

"What shall I bring you
Then? Will black do
Best for your wearing
The long day through?"
" - Black is for mourning,
Mourning, mourning,
Black is for mourning,
And black will do. - "

Note with poem: "partly original, partly remembered"

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)


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