A. A. Milne の詩集「 Now We Are Six 」の中の Forgiven に曲をつけてみました。「アレキサンダー」というのは「くまのプーさん」に出てくる小さなかぶと虫の名前です。


詩:A. A. Milne
曲:Tsutomu Yonejima


I found a little beetle,
so that Beetle was his name
And I called him Alexander
and he answered just the same
I put him in a match-box,
and I kept him all the day
And Nanny let my beetle out
Yes, Nanny let my beetle out
She went and let my beetle out
And Beetle ran away

She said she didn’t mean it,
and I never said she did
She said she wanted matches
and she just took off the lid
She said that she was sorry,
but it’s difficult to catch
An excited sort of beetle
you’ve mistaken for a match

She said that she was sorry,
and I really mustn’t mind
As there’s lots and lots of beetles
which she’s certain we could find
If we looked about the garden
for the holes where beetles hid
And we’d get another match-box
and write BEETLE on the lid

We went to all the places
which a beetle might be near
And we made the sort of noises
which a beetle likes to hear
And I saw a kind of something,
and I gave a sort of shout:
“A beetle-house and Alexander Beetle coming out!”

It was Alexander Beetle
I’m as certain as can be
And he had a sort of look
as if he thought it must be ME
And he had a sort of look
as if he thought he ought to say
“I’m very, very sorry
that I tried to run away.”

And Nanny’s very sory too
for you-know-what-she-did
And she’s writing ALEXANDER
very blacky on the lid
So Nan and Me are friends,
because it’s difficult to catch
And excited Alexander
you’ve mistaken for a match