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When our two souls stand up erect and...

Language: English

When our two souls stand up erect and strong,
Face to face, silent, drawing nigh and nigher,
Until the lengthening wings break into fire
At either curvëd point, -- what bitter wrong
Can the earth do to us, that we should not long
Be here contented?  Think!  In mounting higher,
The angels would press on us and aspire
To drop some golden orb of perfect song
Into our deep, dear silence.  Let us stay
Rather on earth, Belovëd, -- where the unfit
Contrarious moods of men recoil away
And isolate pure spirits, and permit
A place to stand and love in for a day,
With darkness and the death-hour rounding it.

Translation(s): GER

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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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Text added to the website: 2008-07-24 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:48

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Wenn schweigend Angesicht in Angesicht

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Wenn schweigend Angesicht in Angesicht,
sich unsre Seelen ragende Gestalten
so nahe stehn, daß, nicht mehr zu verhalten,
ihr Feuerschein aus ihren Flügeln bricht:
was tut uns diese Erde dann noch banges? Kaum;-
sie schütteten uns Sterne des Gesanges
in unsres Schweigens lieben tiefen Raum.
Nein, laß uns besser auf der Erde bleiben,
wo alles Trübe, was die andern treiben,
die Reinen einzeln zueinander hebt.
Da ist gerade Platz zum Stehn und Lieben
für einen Tag, von Dunkelheit umschwebt
und von der Todesstunde rund umschrieben. 

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Based on
  • a text in English by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 - 1861), no title, appears in Poems, in Sonnets from the Portuguese, no. 22, first published 1847
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Celius Dougherty, Eleanor Everest Freer, William Arthur Goldsworthy, Fritz Bennicke Hart, Alfred de Kaiser, Michael Alexander Kimbell, Reginald Chauncey Robbins, Carlos Surinach, Healey Willan, Arthur Wills. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2009-02-19 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:08

Line count: 13
Word count: 85