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Four Songs

Word count: 191

Song Cycle by Bainbridge Crist (1883 - 1969)

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1. Yesteryear

Language: English

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2. April Rain [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

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Fall, rain! You are the blood of coming blossom,
You shall be music in the young birds' throats,
You shall be breaking, soon, in silver notes;
A virgin laughter in the young earth's bosom.
Oh, that I could with you reënter earth,
Pass through her heart and come again to sun,
Out of her fertile dark to sing and run 
In loveliness and fragrance of new mirth!

Fall, rain! Into the dust I go with you,
Pierce the remaining snows with subtle fire,
Warming the frozen roots with soft desire,
Dreams of ascending leaves and flowers new.
I am no longer body, -- I am blood
Seeking for some new loveliness of shape;
Dark loveliness that dreams of new escape,
The sun-surrender of unclosing bud.
Take me, O Earth! and make me what you will;
I feel my heart with mingled music fill.


First published in Atlantic Monthly, 1916, p. 599

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3. To the water nymphs [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

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Reach, with your whiter hands, to me
Some crystal of the spring;
And I about the cup shall see
Fresh lilies flourishing.
Or else, sweet nymphs, do you but this,
To th' glass your lips incline;
And I shall see by that one kiss
The water turn'd to wine.


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4. Butterflies

Language: English after the French (Français)

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  • by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Pierre-Jules-Théophile Gautier (1811 - 1872), "Les papillons", written 1837, appears in La Comédie de la Mort, first published 1838 GER ITA ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Max Arham, Zacharie Astruc, Edmond Berger, Jacques Bouhy, Louis-Albert Bourgault-Ducoudray, Émile Bourgeois, A. Bourlant-Ladam, Otto Bouwens van der Boijen, Charles-Samuel Bovy-Lysberg, Gaston Carraud, Cécile Chaminade, Ernest Amédée Chausson, Antony Choudens, Marie Damaschino, as Mario Foscarina, Alfredo D'Ambrosio, Claude Achille Debussy, Joseph Depret, Victor Dolmetsch, Alban Dorcy, Eugène Ébaudy de Fresne, as Jean Michaëli, Georges Flé, Achille Fould, Baron, Charles Gallois, Benjamin Louis Paul Godard, Marie Félicie Clémence de Reiset, Vicomtesse de Grandval, Louis Graziani, Comte, Serge Gut, Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Léon Jouret, Gustave Kéfer, Guy de Kervéguen, Vicomte, Henri Kowalski, Théodore Lack, Adam Laussel, dit Adam-Laussel, Robert Le Grand, Omer Létourneau, Jacques Marsyas, Theophile-Jules-Henri Marzials, Anna Naze, Émile Paladilhe, Georges-Louis Pantillon, Édouard Pascal, Felipe Pedrell, Émile Pessard, Jules Philipot, Henry Hugo Pierson, Jean-Théodore Radoux, Jules Regnaud, Albert Renaud, José Paulino Rolón Alcaraz, Mathilde, Baroness Willy de Rothschild, Gaston Sarreau, Arthur de Sinéty, Comte, Arthur Goring Thomas, Fernand de la Tombelle, Francesco Paolo Tosti, Louis Vierne, Anselm Vinée, Jacques-Michel Zoubaloff. Go to the text.

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