The Beetle and the Flower (Wenzel Heinrich Veit)

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  • (Posted 2022-09-19)  CPDL #70853:     
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2022-09-19).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 67 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Beetle and the Flower
Composer: Wenzel Heinrich Veit
Lyricist: Theodore Baker
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTBB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1896

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Original text and translations

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There flew an ancient beetle,
Around the flow'rs one morning,
And many a sweet one scorning,
He chose the fairest bloom.

Said He, all golden glitt'ring:
"Tho'on the earth I scramble,
On wing I far can ramble,
So love me sweet and come."

Then said the blushing flower:
"The butterflies are prettier,
And gayer, too, and wittier,
So pray you, now be dumb!"

The saw the ancient beetle,
Young butterfly come dancing,
To woo the flow'r entrancing:
His face grew very glum!