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James Joyce Songs

Word count: 160

Song Cycle by Vincent Persichetti (1915 - 1987)

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1. Unquiet heart [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

Translation(s): FRE GER POL

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  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Walter Riemer) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Sleep now, O sleep now,
  O you unquiet heart!
A voice crying "Sleep now"
  Is heard in my heart.

The voice of the winter
  Is heard at the door.
O sleep, for the winter
  Is crying "Sleep no more."

My kiss will give peace now
  And quiet to your heart -
Sleep on in peace now,
  O you unquiet heart!


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2. Brigid's Song [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

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Dingdong! The castle bell!
Farewell, my mother!
Bury me in the old churchyard
Beside my eldest brother.
My coffin shall be black,
Six angels at my back,
Two to sing and two to pray
And two to carry my soul away.


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3. Noise of Waters [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

Translation(s): FRE IRI

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  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


All day I hear the noise of waters
 Making moan,
Sad as the sea-bird is, when going
 Forth alone,
He hears the [winds]1 cry to the waters'
 Monotone.

The grey winds, the cold winds are blowing
 Where I go.
I hear the noise of many waters
 Far below.
All day, all night, I hear them [flowing]2
 To and fro.


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1 Coulthard: "wind's"
2 Coulthard: "blowing"

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