Take them, O Death! and bear away Whatever thou canst call thine own! Thine image stamped upon this clay, Doth give thee that, but that alone! Take them, O Grave! and let them lie Folded upon thy narrow shelves, As garments by the soul laid by, And precious only to ourselves. Take them, O Great Eternity! Our little life is but a gust, That bends the branches of thy tree, And bends its blossoms in the dust.
About the headline (FAQ)
- by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882), "Suspiria", appears in The Seaside and the Fireside, first published 1849 [author's text not yet checked 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 David Arditti (b. 1964), "Suspira", op. 16 [ treble solo voices and SATB chorus (or SSATB chorus) a cappella ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Amy Blakeway , "Suspiria" [ voice, piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by R. Shee , "Suspiria" [ mezzo-soprano or contralto, violin or violoncello ad libitum ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by (Johan Gustaf) Emil Sjögren (1853 - 1918), "Suspiria", c1888 [ voice and piano ], from Tre sånger, no. 3, also set in Swedish (Svenska) [sung text not yet checked]
- by Yates Van Antwerp , "Suspiria", published 1872 [ voice and piano ], from Two Poems [sung text not yet checked]
Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:
- Also set in Swedish (Svenska), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Emil Sjögren.
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 77