It nods and curtseys and recovers When the wind blows above, The nettle on the graves of lovers That hanged themselves for love. The nettle nods, the wind blows over, The man, he does not move, The lover of the grave, the lover That hanged himself for love.
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- by Alfred Edward Housman (1859 - 1936), no title, appears in A Shropshire Lad, no. 16, first published 1896 [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 Alfred Redgrave Cripps (1882 - 1950), "It nods and curtseys and recovers", published <<1940 [voice and piano], from Nine "Shropshire Lad" Songs [text not verified]
- by Robin Field (b. 1935), "The nettle", 1960 [medium voice and piano], from When I was one and twenty [text not verified]
- by Ivor (Bertie) Gurney (1890 - 1937), "It nods and curtseys and recovers" [text verified 1 time]
- by Humphrey Searle (1915 - 1982), "The stinging nettle" [text verified 1 time]
- by John Ramsden Williamson (1929 - 2015), "It nods and curtseys" [baritone and piano] [text not verified]
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry
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