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The fly

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

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