Bring me the sunset in a cup
Bring me the sunset in a cup --
Reckon the morning's flagons up
And say how many Dew --
Tell me how far the morning leaps --
Tell me what time the weaver sleeps
Who spun the breadth of blue!
Write me how many notes there be
In the new Robin's extasy [sic]1
Among astonished boughs --
How many trips the Tortoise makes --
How many cups the Bee partakes,
The Debauchee of Dews!
Also, Who laid the Rainbow's piers,
Also, Who leads the docile spheres
By withes of supple blue?
Whose fingers string the stalactite --
Who counts the wampum of the night
To see that none is due?
Who built this little Alban House
And shut the windows down so close
My spirit cannot see?
Who'll let me out some gala day
With implements to fly away,
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Confirmed with The Poems of Emily Dickinson, ed. R.W. Franklin, Volume 1, Cambridge, MA and London, England: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998, Poem 140 (Version B).
1 Philips: “ecstasy”
Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Scott Gendel (b. 1977), "Bring me the sunset", 2005 [voice and piano], from Forgotten Light, no. 3. [
text not verified ]
- by Nick Peros , "Bring me the sunset in a cup" [
text not verified ]
- by Julian Philips (b. 1969), "Foreword", 1997/2002, published 2007 [high voice and piano], from the collection An Amherst Bestiary, no. 2, Peters Edition [
text verified 1 time]
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- GER German (Deutsch) (Sharon Krebs) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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