I asked a thief (Barbara Rosen)

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  • (Posted 2020-01-03)  CPDL #56516:           
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2020-01-03).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 29 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: I asked a thief...
Composer: Barbara Rosen
Lyricist: William Blake

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: AT
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Composed: 2007

Description: A setting of "I Asked a Thief" by William Blake

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Original text

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I asked a thief to steal me a peach:
He turn'd up his eyes.
I ask'd a lithe lady to lie her down:
Holy and meek she cries.

As soon as I went an angel came:
He wink'd at the thief
And smil'd at the dame,
And without one word spoke
Had a peach from the tree,
And 'twixt earnest and joke
Enjoy'd the Lady.