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Twelve Madrigals

Word count: 590

Song Cycle by Antony Garlick (b. 1927)

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?. Days too short [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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When primroses are out in Spring,
  And small, blue violets come between;
  When merry birds sing on boughs green,
And rills, as soon as born, must sing;
  
When butterflies will make side-leaps,
  As though escaped from Nature's hand
  Ere perfect quite; and bees will stand
Upon their heads in fragrant deeps;
  
When small clouds are so silvery white
  Each seems a broken rimmèd moon --
  When such things are, this world too soon,
For me, doth wear the veil of Night.


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?. Northern light

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Here under Heaven ringed
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?. The moon [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Thy beauty haunts me heart and soul,
Oh, thou fair Moon, so close and bright;
Thy beauty makes me like the child
That cries aloud to own thy light:
The little child that lifts each arm
To press thee to her bosom warm.

Though there are birds that sing this night
With thy white beams across their throats,
Let my deep silence speak for me
More than for them their sweetest notes:
Who worships thee till music fails,
Is greater than thy nightingales. 


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?. The happy child [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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I saw this day sweet flowers grow thick --
But not one like the child did pick.

I heard the packhounds in green park --
But no dog like the child heard bark.

I heard this day bird after bird --
But not one like the child has heard.

A hundred butterflies saw I --
But not one like the child saw fly.

I saw the horses roll in grass --
But no horse like the child saw pass.

My world this day has lovely been --
But not like what the child has seen.


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?. I am tired of the wind [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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I am tired of the wind 
Oh, wind, wind, be quiet . . . 
I am burdened by the days 
Of wailing and long riot. 
The heavy trees are thinned ; 
The clouds lose their ways . . . 
There's no rest in my mind. 
When the wind falls the rain falls ; 
The air has no more breath. 
The ceaseless " Hush " of rain 
Is what eternity saith. 
The hills grown near and tall 
Let down a misty mane . . . 
Endlessness weighs on all. 


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2. Nurse's song [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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When the voices of children are heard on the green 
And laughing is heard on the hill, 
My heart is at rest within my breast 
And everything else is still. 

"Then come home, my children, the sun is gone down 
And the dews of night arise; 
Come, come, leave off play, and let us away 
Till the morning appears in the skies." 

"No, no, let us play, for it is yet day 
And we cannot go to sleep; 
Besides, in the sky the little birds fly 
And the hills are all cover'd with sheep." 

"Well, well, go & play till the light fades away 
And then go home to bed." 
The little ones leaped & shouted & laugh'd 
And all the hills echoed.


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7. To Spring [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

Translation(s): GER RUS

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Dir, Lenz", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) [singable] (Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov) , "К Весне", first published 1979, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


O Thou with dewy locks, who lookest down
Thro' the clear windows of the morning, turn
Thine angel eyes upon our western isle,
Which in full choir hails thy approach, O Spring! 

The hills tell each other, and the list'ning
Valleys hear; all our longing eyes are turned
Up to thy bright pavilions: issue forth,
And let thy holy feet visit our clime.

Come o'er the eastern hills, and let our winds
Kiss thy perfumed garments; let us taste
Thy morn and evening breath; scatter thy pearls
Upon our love-sick land that mourns for thee.

O deck her forth with thy fair fingers; pour
Thy soft kisses on her bosom; and put
Thy golden crown upon her languish'd head,
Whose modest tresses were bound up for thee.


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