Where sunless rivers weep Their waves into the deep, She sleeps a charmed sleep: Awake her not. Led by a single star, She came from very far To seek where shadows are Her pleasant lot. She left the rosy morn, She left the fields of corn, For twilight cold and lorn And water springs. Through sleep, as through a veil, She sees the sky look pale, And hears the nightingale That sadly sings. Rest, rest, a perfect rest Shed over brow and breast; Her face is toward the west, The purple land. She cannot see the grain Ripening on hill and plain; She cannot feel the rain Upon her hand. Rest, rest, for evermore Upon a mossy shore; Rest, rest at the heart's core Till time shall cease: Sleep that no pain shall wake; Night that no morn shall break Till joy shall overtake Her perfect peace.
About the headline (FAQ)First published in Germ, January 1850.
- by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830 - 1894), as Ellen Alleyn, "Dream Land" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Alexander von Fielitz (1860 - 1930), "Dream Land", published 1898 [voice and piano], from Two Songs [text not verified]
- by Miriam Beatrice Hyde (b. 1913), "Dream Land", 1933. [soprano and piano or orchestra] [text not verified]
- by Haydn Mulholland , "Dream Land", published 1898. [satb chorus a cappella] [text not verified]
- by Charles L. Naylor , "Where sunless rivers weep", published 1892. [four-part men's chorus a cappella] [text not verified]
- by Thomas Pasatieri (b. 1945), "Dream Land" [text not verified]
- by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958), "Dreamland", 1898?, published 1906. [voice and piano] [text not verified]
- by Ernest Walker (1870 - 1949), "Dream Land", op. 12 [voice and piano], from Six Songs [text not verified]
- by (Hubert) Leslie Woodgate (1902 - 1961), "The charmed sleep", published 1925 [voice and piano], from Autumn Twilight [text not verified]
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