I Heard a Piper Piping

by Arnold Bax

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I Heard a Piper Piping
source: Joseph Campbell

I heard a piper piping
The blue hills among —
And never did I hear
So plaintive a song.

It seemed but a part
Of the hills’ melancholy:
No piper living there
Could ever be jolly!

And still the piper piped
The blue hills among,
And all the birds were quiet
To listen to his song.


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