Over the breast of the spring, the land,...
Over the breast of the spring, the land, amid cities,
Amid lanes and through old woods, (where lately the violets peep'd
from the ground, spotting the gray debris;
Amid the grass in the fields each side of the lanes --
passing the endless grass;
Passing the yellow-spear'd wheat, every grain from its shroud
in the dark-brown fields uprising,
Passing the apple-tree blows of white and pink in the orchards;
Carrying a corpse to where it shall rest in the grave,
Night and day journeys a coffin.
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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)
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- by Paul Hindemith (1895 - 1963), "Over the breast of the spring, the land, amid cities
" [baritone, mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra], from the cantata When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd, no. 3..
- by Roger Sessions (1896 - 1985), "Over the breast of the spring, the land, amid cities
", from the cantata When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd, no. 2..
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