The first spring day
I wonder if the sap is stirring yet,
If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate,
If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun
And crocus fires are kindling one by one:
Sing, robin, sing;
I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring.
I wonder if the springtide of this year
Will bring another Spring both lost and dear;
If heart and spirit will find out their Spring,
Or if the world alone will bud and sing:
Sing, hope, to me;
Sweet notes, my hope, soft notes for memory.
The sap will surely quicken soon or late,
The tardiest bird will twitter to a mate;
So Spring must dawn again with warmth and bloom,
Or in this world, or in the world to come:
Sing, voice of Spring,
Till I too blossom and rejoice and sing.
Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Murray MacDonald Davey , "The first spring day", published 1901. [voice, piano] [ sung text not verified ]
- by Robert Hugill , "The first spring day" [mezzo-soprano, viola, piano], from Quickening, no. 6. [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Alexander Campbell MacKenzie, Sir (1847 - 1935), "The first spring day", published 1878. [voice, piano] [ sung text not verified ]
- by Montague Fawcett Phillips (1885 - 1969), "The first spring day", published 1954. [voice and piano (or SSA chorus a cappella)] [ sung text not verified ]
- by Henry (Richard Charles) Somerset, Lord (1849 - 1932), "The first spring day", published 1895. [voice, piano] [ sung text not verified ]
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