O Frabjous Day!, Op. 92
Seven Songs (Nonsense and Otherwise) on Poems for Children
for High Voice, Flute, and Piano
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Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, and A. E. Housman provide the Nonsense; Divine Christina Rossetti, the Otherwise. While Carroll's "Jabberwocky" is practically meaningless, Lear's "The Owl and the Pussy-cat" is surreal, and Housman's "As into the garden Elizabeth ran" is, uncharacteristically for this poet, pure farce.
Rossetti's "Who has seen the wind?" and "Boats sail on the river" point out the wonder and delights of everyday things. Her "Take me across the water" is a playful exchange between a little girl and a Ferryman, and "Lullaby, O Lullaby" captures the end of the day for mother and child.