I found him limping in the grass -- Poor little shivering fellow! He had not many days, alas! For all the leaves were yellow. I took him in beside the stove, And fed him beads of honey, And brought a brother-singer's love -- He never asked for money. And soon he gave a chirp or two, And seemed quite brave and jolly; And, as he sipped his golden brew, Sang -- "Down with melancholy!"
- by Richard Le Gallienne (1866 - 1947), "La cigale", appears in The Junk Man and Other Poems, first published 1920 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by John Woods Duke (1899 - 1984), "La cigale", 1972. [medium voice and piano] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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