Posted by Laura Wallace on November 15, 1997 at 19:25:34:
In response to Children's Rhymes, written by Caroline on November 07, 1997 at 20:40:17
] Four stiff-standers,
] Four dilly-danders,
] Two lookers,
] two crookers,
] And a wig-wag.
] In marble walls as white as milk,
] Lined with a skin as soft as silk,
] Within a fountain crystal clear,
] A golden aple doth appear.
] No doors are there to this strong-hold
] Yet thieves break in and steal the gold.
But I cheated (a little). William Bergsma wrote a set of three choral pieces in the 1980s which were settings to classic English riddles, and I sang them in college. Two of them were above, and the third was:
White bird, featherless flown
from Paradise onto the castle wall
Along came Lord Landless
Took him up handless
Rode away horseless
To the King's White Hall
(Hint: a recent visitor for many of us.)
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