I woke in the swimming dark And heard, now sweet, now shrill, The voice of the rain-water Cold and still, Endlessly sing; now faint, In the distance borne away; Now in the air float near, But nowhere stay; Singing I know not what, Echoing on and on; Following me in sleep, Till night was gone.
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- by Walter De la Mare (1873 - 1956), "Rain", appears in Bells and Grass: A Book of Rhymes, first published 1941 [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 Juliana Hall (b. 1958), "Rain", 1989, first performed 2004 [ soprano and oboe ], from Bells and Grass -- 5 songs for soprano and oboe, no. 5 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Rick Sowash (b. 1950), "Rain", 1999 [ mezzo-soprano, flute, and piano ], from Silvery Songs, no. 5 [sung text checked 1 time]
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