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The Larky Lad

by Benjamin Britten From Who are these children? (1969) Op. 84

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The Larky Lad
English source: William Soutar

The larky lad frae the pantry
Skipp’t through the muckle ha’;
He had sma’ fear o’ the gentry,
And his respec’ was sma’.

He cockit his face richt merry;
And as he jiggit on
His mou’ was round as a cherry
Like he whistled a braw tune.

And monie a noble body
Glower’d doun frae his frame o’ gowd
On the plisky pantry-laddie
Wha was sae merry and royd.


Benjamin Britten

Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including opera, other vocal music,…


William Soutar

William Soutar was a Scottish poet from Perthshire.

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