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There is a willow grows aslant a brook

Language: English

Gertrude:
There is a willow grows aslant a brook,
That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream;
There with fantastic garlands did she come
Of crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples
That liberal shepherds give a grosser name,
But our cold maids do dead men's fingers call them:
There, on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds
Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke;
When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide;
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up:
Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes;
As one incapable of her own distress,
Or like a creature native and indued
Unto that element: but long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pull'd the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death.


Translation(s): FRE

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  • Also set in French (Fran├žais), a translation by Ernest-Wilfrid Legouvé (1807 - 1903) , title unknown [an adaptation] ITA GER by Hector Berlioz, Charles Camille Saint-Saëns.

Text added to the website: 2003-11-13.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:59
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Word count: 137

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