they said and the artificial bird had to sing again, and that was the thirty-fourth time they had heard the same piece.
Bat they liked it all the better for this; they could even sing with it, and they did.
Only once a year was the artificial bird allowed to sing, and even that was almost too much for it.
There was no one to wind it up, and so it could not sing.
It was the little living Nightingale, who, sitting outside on a bough, had heard the need of her Emperor and had come to sing to him of comfort and hope.
The other who talked to him replied, 'However, you shall sing.
Whereupon he presently began to sing verses to the praise of God, which he had never heard, the purport whereof was thus:--
For he found that not only could he sing these verses, but he who had before been dumb and ashamed when the harp was put into his hand, could now make and sing more beautifully than could others.
For very long after they became Christian the Saxons kept their old pagan ways of thought, and Caedmon, when he came to sing of holy things, sang as a minstrel might.
And then those two young men got up, and asked us if we had ever heard Herr Slossenn Boschen (who had just arrived, and was then down in the supper-room) sing his great German comic song.
The young men said it was the funniest song that had ever been written, and that, if we liked, they would get Herr Slossenn Boschen, whom they knew very well, to sing it.
They said nobody could sing it like Herr Slossenn Boschen; he was so intensely serious all through it that you might fancy he was reciting a tragedy, and that, of course, made it all the funnier.
He appeared to be quite pleased to sing it, for he came up at once, and sat down to the piano without another word.
Friend finally suggests that it doesn't matter what Harris is singing so long as Harris gets on and sings it, and Harris, with an evident sense of injustice rankling inside him, requests pianist to begin again.
I cared for someone once, and I used to sing
him that song.