[Withouten]1 you No rose can grow; No leaf be green If never seen Your sweetest face; No bird have grace Or [power]2 to sing; Or anything Be kind, or fair, And you nowhere.
Song Cycle by John Woods Duke (1899 - 1984)
1. Little elegy  [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Elinor Wylie (1885 - 1928), "Little elegy", appears in Angels and Earthly Creatures: A Sequence of Sonnets, first published 1929 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , "Klagelied", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
1 Rorem: "Without"
2 Duke, Howe: "pow'r"
Research team for this text: Ted Perry , Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]
2. The bird  [sung text checked 1 time]
O clear and musical, Sing again! Sing again! Hear the rain fall Through the long night, Bring me your song again, O dear delight! O dear and comforting, Mine again! Mine again! Hear the rain sing And the dark rejoice! Shine like a spark again, O clearest voice! O clearest voice!
- by Elinor Wylie (1885 - 1928), "The bird", appears in Collected Poems, first published 1932 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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