The student (Neil McCaig)

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Editor: Rufus Brodersen (submitted 2013-08-15).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 60 kB   Copyright: Personal

General Information

Title: The Student
Composer: Neil McCaig

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Solo or Unison
Genre: SecularLament

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

Original text and translations

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He sat until the midnight hour
  Gave place to morning dawn;
Then raised his eyes in mild surprise
  And sighed, but still sat on.

His head grew large, his body small,
  Until I grieve to say
That student's head from books he read
  Had grown enormously.

But large, still larger, it became;
  Such thing could never be;
With mighty blast his head at last
  Exploded suddenly.

And out came volumes large and small -
  A wondrous sight to see! -
And from that store of learned lore
  They raised a library.

Ye students all who read this tale,
  Beware, I say, lest you,
By burning bright the midnight light,
  May perish like that "stu".