A Midget

(1939)
"A Midget" is the fifth song of Theodore Chanler's song cycle Eight Epitaphs, which sets the text of Walter de la Mare.

A Midget
by Walter de la Mare

Just a span and half a span
From head to heel was this little man.
Scarcely a capful of small bones
Raised up erect this Midget once.
Yet not a knuckle was askew;
Inches for feet God made him true;
And something handsome put between
His coal-black hair and beardless chin.
But now, forsooth, with mole and mouse,
He keeps his own small darkened house

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