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Little Fly, thy summer's play

Language: English

Little Fly,
Thy summer's play
My thoughtless hand
Has brush'd away.

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance
And drink & sing:
Till some blind hand 
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength & breath
And the want 
Of thought is death;

Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die.



Translation(s): RUS FRE GER

Authorship

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

Set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Georg von der Vring (1889 - 1968) , title unknown RUS FRE [text unavailable]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * RUS Russian (Русский) [singable] (Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov) , title 1: "Мотылёк", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "La mouche", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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