The silver swan who, living, had no note
The silver swan who, living, had no note,
when death approached, unlocked her silent throat.
Leaning her breast against the reedy shore,
thus sung her first and last, and sung no more:
"Farewell all joys, O death come close [mine]1 eyes.
More geese than swans now live, more fools than wise."
Translation(s): FRE GER
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1 Bachlund, Baxter, Rorem: "my"
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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)
- by Martin Amlin , "The silver swanne", 1984 [soprano and piano], from Four Songs on Texts of Anonymous Poets, no. 2. [ sung text not verified ]
- by Gary Bachlund , "The silver swan", 1966. [SATB chorus a cappella] [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Garth Baxter (b. 1946), "The silver swan" [voice and guitar or SATB chorus], from Three madrigals, no. 2. [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Orlando Gibbons (1583 - 1625), "The silver swan" [chorus a cappella], madrigal [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Ned Rorem (b. 1923), "The silver swan", 1949. [high voice and piano] [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Eric Harding Thiman (1900 - 1975), "The silver swan" [ sung text not verified ]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Dwain Richardson) , "Le cygne argenté", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Martin Stock) , "Der Silberschwan", copyright © 2001, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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