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The angels are stooping, above your bed

Language: English

The angels are [stooping]1, above your bed;
They weary of trooping with the whimpering dead.
God's laughing in heaven to see you so good;
The [Shining]2 Seven are gay with His mood.
[I kiss you and kiss you, my pigeon my own.
Ah how I shall miss you when you have grown.]3

Translation(s): ITA

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First published in Scots Observer, April 1890; revised 1901
1 Grill: "singing"
2 Ebel, Grill: "Sailing"
3 Ebel: "I sigh that kiss you, for I must own/ That I shall miss you when you have grown."; Grill: "I sigh that kiss you, for I must own/ That I shall miss you when you have gone."

Submitted by Ted Perry and Malcolm Wren [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)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Una ninna nanna", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-09-29T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2019-03-20T10:16:28
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Word count: 52

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Una ninna nanna

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English

Si chinano gli angeli, sul tuo lettino;
stanchi della compagnia dei lamentosi morti.
Sorride Dio nel cielo, vedendoti così buono;
i Sette Risplendenti, del suo umore son lieti.
Io ti bacio e ribacio, piccioncino mio amato
come mi mancherai quando sarai cresciuto.

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Based on
  • a text in English by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), "A cradle song", appears in The Rose, first published 1893
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Maurice Besly, Nicholas Douty, Chester Duncan, Steven Ebel, Richard B. Evans, Rudolph Ganz, Stanley Grill, Ivor Gurney, Fritz Bennicke Hart, Derek Healey, Rosalie Housman, Henry George Ley, Teresa del Riego, John Kenneth Tavener, Owen Underhill, Eugene John Weigel, Graham Whettam, Magdalen S. Worder. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2012-01-16T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:04:45
Line count: 6
Word count: 42