Thank you to all the generous supporters who helped us raise $15,792 for our site-renewal project! We can't wait for you to see what we're building! Your ongoing donations are essential for The LiederNet Archive to continue in its mission of providing this unique resource to the world, so if you didn't get a chance to contribute during the overhaul drive, your help in any amount is still valuable.

The LiederNet Archive

Much of our material is not in the public domain.
It is illegal to copy and distribute our copyright-protected material without permission.
Printing texts or translations without the name of the author or translator is also illegal.
You must use the copyright symbol © when you reprint copyright-protected material.

For more information, contact us at the following address:
licenses (AT) lieder (DOT) net
Please read the instructions below the translations before writing!
In your e-mail, always include the names of the translators if you wish to reprint something.

Songs of Sun and Shade

Word count: 310

Song Cycle by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875 - 1912)

Show the texts alone (bare mode).

1. You lay so still in the sunshine [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Authorship


Go to the single-text view


You lay so still in the sunshine,
So still in that hot sweet hour – 
That the timid things of the forest land
Came close; a butterfly lit on your hand,
Mistaking it for a flow’r.

You scarcely breath’d in your slumber,
So dreamless it was, so deep– 
While the warm air stirr’d in my veins like wine,
The air that had blown thro’ a jasmine vine,
But you slept – and I let you sleep.


Submitted by John Glenn Paton [Guest Editor]

2. Thou hast bewitched me, belovèd [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Authorship


Go to the single-text view


Thou hast bewitched me, belovèd,
Till I am weaker than water,
Water that drips from the fountain,
Through thy white tapering fingers.

Yet as the waters together
Gather and grow to a torrent,
Gathers the flood of my passion,
Bearing thee forth on its bosom!


Submitted by John Glenn Paton [Guest Editor]

3. The rainbow-child [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Authorship


Go to the single-text view


The sunshine met the stormwind
As he swept across the plain,
And she wooed him till he lov’d her,
And his kisses fell as rain.

She was fair, and he was ardent.
And behold! one happy morn,
While I watched their mingled glory,
Lo! a rainbow child was born!


Submitted by John Glenn Paton [Guest Editor]

4. Thou art risen, my beloved [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Authorship


Go to the single-text view


Thou art risen, my beloved,
And thou callest me to follow,
Follow thro’ the chilly twilight
Of this silent virgin morning.

Whither, whither wouldst thou lead me,
To what place of new enchantment?
Can the day that thou art seeking
Give such rapture as the darkness?

Thou art warm with many kisses,
With the hand clasps of thy lover,
Turn again unto my bosom,
I would have it night for ever!


Submitted by John Glenn Paton [Guest Editor]

5. This is the island of gardens [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Authorship


Go to the single-text view


This is the island of gardens,
Filled with a marvelous fragrance,
O! the pale scent of the jasmine!
O! the delicious mimosa!

Beating soft pinions together,
Cometh a wind from the mountains;
Why wouldst thou leave us, O small wind?
Rest thee awhile ‘mid the laurels.

Even as thou, have I wandered
Over the earth and the ocean,
Pondering many things deeply,
Now I lie down in the sunshine.


Submitted by John Glenn Paton [Guest Editor]

Gentle Reminder
This website began in 1995 as a personal project, and I have been working on it full-time without a salary since 2008. Our research has never had any government or institutional funding, so if you found the information here useful, please consider making a donation. Your gift is greatly appreciated.
     - Emily Ezust

Browse imslp.org (Petrucci Music Library) for Lieder or choral works