The thrushes sing as the sun is going, And the finches whistle in ones and pairs, And as it gets dark loud nightingales In bushes Pipe, as they can when April wears, As if all Time were theirs. These are brand-new birds of twelve-months' growing, Which a year ago, or less than twain, No finches were, nor nightingales, Nor thrushes, But only particles of grain, And earth, and air, and rain.
- by Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928), "Proud songsters" [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 (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "Proud songsters", op. 52 no. 6 (1953), published 1954 [high voice and piano], from Winter words, no. 6. [text verified 1 time]
- by Gerald Finzi (1901 - 1956), "Proud songsters", op. 15 no. 10, published 1936 [baritone, piano], from Earth and Air and Rain, no. 10. [text verified 1 time]
- by Stephen Wilkinson (b. 1919), "Proud songsters" [voice and piano], from the collection Eternal Summer, no. 3. [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry
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