Songs of Experience: 1.The Fly


William Blake (1757-1827)

Fall 2014 Release

One of a grouping of three settings of poetry by the brilliant William Blake from his “Songs of Experience” (1794) Bass solo; kazoos. Unusual and very fun.

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Item Voicing/Instrumentation Duration Price Audio View Score Quantity
JS-004.1 SATB, basso solo, cb, kazoos (played by singers) 3:30 N/A


Joan Szymko

The Fly

Thy summer’s play

My thoughtless hand

Has brushed away.

Am not I

A fly like thee?

Or art not thou

A man like me?

For I dance

And drink and sing,

Till some blind hand

Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life

And strength and breath,

And the want

Of thought is death,

Then am I

A happy fly,

If I live,

Or if I die.