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Bright is the ring of words

Language: English

Bright is the ring of words
When the right man rings them,
Fair the fall of songs
When the singer sings them,
Still [they are]1 carolled and said -
On wings they are carried -
After the singer is dead
And the maker buried.

Low as the singer lies
In the field of heather,
Songs of his fashion bring
The swains together.
And when the west is red 
With the sunset embers,
The lover lingers and sings
And the maid remembers.

Translation(s): CAT HUN ITA

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Lluminós és el ressò de les paraules", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Péter Molnár) , "Élénk a szavak zengése", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Luminoso è il suono delle parole", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:50
Line count: 16
Word count: 81

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Lluminós és el ressò de les paraules

Language: Catalan (Català) after the English

Lluminós és el ressò de les paraules 
quan l’home escaient les pronuncia,
esplèndid és el saltant de cançons
quan el cantaire les entona,
són cantades i recitades encara amb alegria,
com per ales transportades,
quan el cantant ja és mort
i l’autor enterrat.

Fluixet, mentre el cantor
jau al bruguerar,
les cançons del seu estil
fan aplegar els festejadors.
I quan a ponent vermelleja
amb el foc del sol que s’amaga,
l’enamorat s’atarda i canta
i la donzella guarda el record.

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Based on
  • a text in English by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894), no title, appears in Songs of Travel and other verses, no. 14, first published 1896 HUN ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Clive Saville Carey, Roland Farley, Ivor Gurney, William Henry Hadow, Sir, Alistair Hinton, Samuel Liddle, Geoffrey O'Hara, Colin George Henry Oliver, Graham Peel, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Peter Warlock, Arnold Williams. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-02-11.
Last modified: 2016-02-11 18:13:27
Line count: 16
Word count: 81