I saw the lovely arch Of Rainbow span the sky, The gold sun burning As the rain swept by. In bright-ringed solitude The showery foliage shone One lovely moment, And the Bow was gone.
Three Two-Part Songs
Song Cycle by (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)
?. The rainbow  [sung text not yet checked]
- by Walter De la Mare (1873 - 1956), "The rainbow", appears in Songs of Childhood, first published 1902 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
?. The ride-by-nights  [sung text not yet checked]
Up on their brooms the Witches stream, Crooked and black in the crescent's gleam; One foot high, and one foot low, Bearded, cloaked, and cowled, they go, 'Neath Charlie's Wain they twitter and tweet, And away they swarm 'neath the Dragon's feet, With a whoop and a flutter they swing and sway, And surge pell-mell down the Milky Way. Betwixt the legs of the glittering Chair They hover and squeak in the empty air. Then round they swoop past the glimmering Lion To where Sirius barks behind huge Orion; Up, then, and over to wheel amain, Under the silver, and home again.
- by Walter De la Mare (1873 - 1956), "The ride-by-nights", appears in Peacock Pie: A Book of Rhymes, in 6. Witches and Fairies, no. 2, first published 1913 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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