Fish in the unruffled lakes : Six Auden Settings for High Voice and Piano

by (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)

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1. To lie flat on the back [sung text checked 1 time]

To lie flat on the back with the knees flexed
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2. Night covers up the rigid land [sung text checked 1 time]

Night covers up the rigid land
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3. The sun shines down [sung text not yet checked]

The sun shines down
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4. Fish in the unruffled lakes [sung text checked 1 time]

Fish in the unruffled lakes
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First published in Listener, April 1936

5. What's in your mind? [sung text not yet checked]

What's in your mind, my dove, my coney
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First published in Twentieth Century, November 1933 as one of "Two Poems"

6. Underneath the abject willow [sung text not yet checked]

Underneath an abject willow
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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Elaine Marie Ortiz-Arandes) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 Britten:
Brooks beneath the thin ice flowing,
To their ocean go.
Coldest love will warm  to action