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I have no name

Language: English

"I have no name:
I am but two days old."
What shall I call thee?
"I happy am,
Joy is my name."
Sweet joy befall thee!

Pretty Joy!
Sweet Joy, but two days old.
Sweet Joy I call thee:
Thou dost smile,
I sing the while,
Sweet joy befall thee!

Translation(s): RUS

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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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  • RUS Russian (Русский) [singable] (Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov) , title 1: "Дитя-радость", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:21
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Word count: 50

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Language: Russian (Русский) after the English

“Мне уж два дня,
А нет у меня ещё имени.”
Как назову тебя?
“Радость назвать –
Горя не знать!” –
Так и зову тебя:

Я пою
Про светлую радость,
О том, как люблю тебя.
Ты улыбнись
И отзовись –
Радость зову тебя!

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  • a text in English by William Blake (1757 - 1827), "Infant Joy", appears in Songs of Innocence and Experience, in Songs of Innocence, no. 17, first published 1789
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Roy Ewing Agnew, Hugo Vernon Anson, Ernst Bacon, Leslie R. Bassett, Gordon Ware Binkerd, Tamara Bliss, William Bolcom, Rutland Boughton, Havergal Brian, Alan Bullard, Vincent Henry Palmer Caillard, Sir, Ronald Caltabiano, Mary Grant Carmichael, Rebecca Clarke, Elizabeth Penn Sprague Coolidge , John H. Corina, Robert Cuckson, Norman Curtis, James D'Angelo, Harold Edwin Darke, Walford Davies, Sir, Norman Frank Demuth, Thomas Frederick Dunhill, Harry Farjeon, Hubert James Foss, John Frandsen, ?, Mrs. James Friskin, Vincent Sauter Frohne, Earl Robert George, Ole Carsten Green, Geoffrey Gwyther, Thomas Haigh, Richard Hall, Fritz Bennicke Hart, Christian Victor Hely-Hutchinson, Gary Michael Higginson, Joseph Charles Holbrooke, Bo Holten, Kelsey Jones, Mary Margaret Kelly, Walter Kemp, Karl Richard Korte, Timothy Lenk, Joan Littlejohn, Otto Luening, Charles T. Maclary, William James Mathias, Douglas McGilvra, Chris J. Moore, Paul Nordoff, Robin Orr, Morfydd Owen, Donald Patriquin, William Dean Pearson, Arthur Wormald Pollitt, Ellen Raskin, Mervyn Roberts, Landon Ronald, Sir, Theodore P. Saunway, Elie Siegmeister, Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov, Gregg Smith, Russell Smith, Masters van Someren-Godfery, Christopher Steel, Ronald Stevenson, Anthony Strilko, John Austin Sykes, Albert Tepper, Rikuya Terashima, David Evan Thomas, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Wesley Allan Ward, Rudolph T. Werther, Arthur Battelle Whiting, Margaret Lucy Wilkins, Stephen Wilkinson, Lawrence Willingham, Harry Robert Wilson, Dalhousie James Young. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2008-01-17.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:34
Line count: 12
Word count: 42