“The Moth and the Flame”


Two old sweethearts meet. He says he still loves her; she says she is to be married to another. He tells the fable of the Moth and the Flame to reveal her lover is already married. At the wedding, the fiance kills his wife. The girl turns to her old love


Should be an opera. - PJS

It comes close. It's based loosely on an 1898 play by Clyde Fitch with the same title. Taggart wrote the words after seeing the play, then sought someone to write the music. - RBW


  1. Randolph 818, "The Moth and the Flame" (1 text)
  2. Spaeth-ReadWeep, pp. 156-158, "The Moth and the Flame" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Geller-Famous, pp. 155-160, "The Moth and the Flame" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Roud #7433
  5. BI, R818


Author: Words: George Taggart/Music: Max S. Witt
Earliest date: 1940 (Randolph)
Found in: US(So)