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Language: English

Memories long in music sleeping,
 No more sleeping,
  No more dumb;
Delicate phantoms softly creeping
 Softly back from the old-world come.

Faintest odours around them straying,
 Suddenly straying
  In chambers dim;
Whispering silks in order swaying,
 Glimmering gems on shoulders slim:

Courage advancing strong and tender,
 Grace untender
  Fanning desire;
Suppliant conquest, proud surrender,
 Courtesy cold of hearts on fire -

Willowy billowy now they're bending,
 Low they're bending 
  Down-dropt eyes;
Stately measure and stately ending,
 Music sobbing, and a dream that dies.

Submitted by Virginia Knight


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

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