8 march 2008

John Minton, Surrey Landscape 1944

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18 march 2008

A little man is standing among the trees:
He wears a scarlet cloak down to his knees.
If you know, then you tell me what this little man might be
Standing still and lonely there among the trees.

Referenced in a book of English Folk Songs as being Trad by Anon. This was the whole thing, just one verse. I knew the tune (the staves were printed, too) but can't name it. The lines seem to me to be dead sinister, or allegorical, or both. Is it a riddle?

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