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Winter Windows -- 7 songs for Baritone and Piano

Word count: 564

Song Cycle by Juliana Hall

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1. Winter night [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

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Pile high the hickory and the light
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2. The snowflake [ sung text checked 1 time]

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Before I melt
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3. A song [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Translation(s): ITA

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  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Un passero solitario il suo amore lamenta", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


A widow bird sate mourning for her love
  Upon a wintry bough,
The frozen wind crept on above;
  The freezing stream below.

There was no leaf upon the forest bare,
  No [flower]1 upon the ground
And little motion in the air,
  Except the mill-wheel's sound.


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1 Treharne: "flowers".

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4. The Snow-Man [ sung text checked 1 time]

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What shape is this in cowl of snow?
Stiff broom and icy hat?
A saffron moon, half-hidden, stares —
But what is she staring at?

The knocker dangles on the door,
But stark as tree and post
He blankly eyes the bright green paint,
Is silent as a ghost.

But wait till belfry midnight strike,
And up to the stars is tossed
Shrill cockcrow! — then, he’ll gadding go —
And, at his heels, Jack Frost:

Broom over shoulder, away he’ll go,
Finger-tips tingling, nose aglow,
Dancing and yodelling through the snow,
And, at his heels, Jack Frost!



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5. Lully [ sung text checked 1 time]

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Nay, ninny, shut those sleepy eyes
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6. Winter evening [ sung text checked 1 time]

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Over the wintry fields the snow drifts; falling, falling
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7. Woods in winter [ sung text checked 1 time]

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When winter winds are piercing chill,
  And through the hawthorn blows the gale,
With solemn feet I tread the hill,
  That overbrows the lonely vale. 

O'er the bare upland, and away
  Through the long reach of desert woods,
The embracing sunbeams chastely play,
  And gladden these deep solitudes. 

Where, twisted round the barren oak,
  The summer vine in beauty clung,
And summer winds the stillness broke,
  The crystal icicle is hung. 

Where, from their frozen urns, mute springs
  Pour out the river's gradual tide,
Shrilly the skater's iron rings,
  And voices fill the woodland side. 

Alas! how changed from the fair scene,
  When birds sang out their mellow lay,
And winds were soft, and woods were green,
  And the song ceased not with the day! 

But still wild music is abroad,
  Pale, desert woods! within your crowd;
And gathering winds, in hoarse accord,
  Amid the vocal reeds pipe loud.
 
Chill airs and wintry winds! my ear
  Has grown familiar with your song;
I hear it in the opening year,
  I listen, and it cheers me long.


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