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Sun

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Song Cycle by Ned Rorem (b. 1923)

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?. Sun of the sleepless [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

Translation(s): FRE GER GER GER GER GER ITA RUS

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Sun of the sleepless! melancholy star!
Whose tearful beam glows tremulously far!
That show'st the darkness thou canst not dispel,
How like art thou to joy remember'd well!
So gleams the past, the light of other days,
Which shines, but warms not with its powerless rays;
A nightbeam Sorrow watcheth to behold,
Distinct, but distant - clear - but, oh how cold!


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?. Dawn

Language: English

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4. Day [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

Translation(s): RUS

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  • RUS Russian (Русский) [singable] (Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov) , "День", copyright © 1981, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


The sun [arises]1 in the East,
Cloth'd in robes of blood and gold;
Swords and spears and wrath increas'd
All around his bosom roll'd,
Crown'd with warlike fires and raging desires.


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1 Papale: "also rises"; further changes may exist not noted.

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