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O Nightingale, my heart

Language: English

O Nightingale, my heart, 
How sad thou art ! 
How heavy is thy wing, 
Desperately whirred that thy throat may fling 
Song to the tingling silences remote ! 

Thine eye, whose ruddy spark 
Burned fiery of late, 
How dead and dark ! 
Why so soon didst thou sing, 
And with such turbulence of love and hate ? 

Learn that there is no singing yet can bring 
The expected dawn more near ; 
And thou art spent already, though the night 
Scarce has begun;
What voice, what eyes, wilt thou have for the light 
When that light shall appear, 
And O what wings to bear thee t'ward the sun ? 

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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)

Text added to the website: 2008-12-07T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:03:01
Line count: 17
Word count: 109

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