WARNING! Not everything on this website is public domain.
It is ILLEGAL to copy and distribute our copyright-protected material without permission.
And it is an EVEN WORSE OFFENSE to omit the names of authors / translators.

The Lied, Art Song, and Choral Texts Archive

The sprig of thyme

Language: English

Wunst I had a sprig of thyme,
It prospered by night and by day
Till a false young man came acourtin' te me,
And he stole all this thyme away.

The gardiner was standiddn by;
I bade him che-oose for me:
He chose me the lily and the violet and the pink,
But I really did refuse them all three.

Thyme it is the prettiest thing,
And time it e will grow on,
And time it'll bring all things to an end
Addend so doz my time grow on.

It's very well drinkin' ale
And it's very well drinkin' wine;
But it's far better sittin' by a young man's side
That has won this heart of mine.


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

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Notes about green, red, and white dots

Gentle Reminder
This is a personal project that I began in 1995. I receive no salary for my full-time work on it, and aside from ad revenue and copyright fees, it is supported financially by fewer than 0.02% of our visitors. So if you found the information here useful, please consider making a donation. Your gift is greatly appreciated.
     - Emily Ezust
I also have a wishlist at Amazon.ca.

Search sheetmusicplus.com for Art song , Lieder, chansons, or works for solo voice

Browse imslp.org (Petrucci Music Library) for art songs or choral works