Tommaso Giordani
(1730 - 1806)

Giordani : The Flea : illustration

The Flea
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John Lee's edition, published in Dublin.
Lyrics: Anon

Little hind'rer of my rest, thus I tear thee from my breast;
Bosom traitor, pinching harm, wounding me that kept thee warm.
Thro' my skin thou scatt'rest pains, crimson'd o'er with circling stains;

Skipping mischief, swift as thought, sanguine insect, art thou caught?
Naught avails thy nimble springs, caused perhaps by viewless wings.
Thus thy teeth that cheat our sight cease their titillating bite.

I, from all thy vengeance freed, safe shall sleep and cease to bleed.