“Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater
had a wife and could not keep her.
He put her in a pumpkin shell
and there he kept her very well.
Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
kept her very well.”
(Petr Eben in Nursery songs no. 1)
A minimal harvest
There is a certain garden
“There is a certain garden where I know
That flowers flourish in a poet’s spring,
Where aye young birds their amorous matins sing,
And never ill wind comes, nor any snow.
But if you wonder where so fair a show,
Where such eternal pleasure may be seen,
I say, my memory keeps that garden green,
Wherein I loved my first love long ago.”
(J.H. McCarthy in There is a certain garden)