Songs from the Chinese

Song Cycle by (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)

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1. The big chariot [sung text checked 1 time]

Don’t help -- on the big chariot
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Confirmed with Arthur Waley, Chinese Poems, 2005 (first published 1946), Oxfordshire: Routledge, p. 34.


2. The old lute [sung text checked 1 time]

Of cord and cassia-wood
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3. The autumn wind [sung text checked 1 time]

Autumn wind rises; white clouds fly
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1 Britten: "to sound of rower's song"

4. The herd-boy [sung text checked 1 time]

In the southern village the boy who minds the ox
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5. Depression [sung text checked 1 time]

Turned to jade are the boy’s rosy cheeks
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6. Dance song [sung text checked 1 time]

The unicorn’s hoofs! The unicorn’s hoofs!
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