Sitting under the mistletoe (Pale-green, fairy mistletoe), One last candle burning low, All the sleepy dancers gone, Just one candle burning on, Shadows lurking everywhere: Some one came, and kissed me there. Tired I was; my head would go Nodding under the mistletoe (Pale-green, fairy mistletoe); No footsteps came, no voice, but only, Just as I sat there, sleepy, lonely, Stooped in the still and shadowy air Lips unseen - and kissed me there.
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- by Walter De la Mare (1873 - 1956), "Mistletoe", appears in Peacock Pie: A Book of Rhymes, in 2. Boys and Girls, no. 8, first published 1913 [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 Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "Mistletoe" [ voice and piano ], also set in German (Deutsch) [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Lennox Randal Francis Berkeley, Sir (1903 - 1989), "Mistletoe", published 1948 [ medium voice and piano ], from Five Songs [sung text not yet checked]
- by Bainbridge Crist (1883 - 1969), "Mistletoe", published 1916 [ voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Cecil Armstrong Gibbs (1889 - 1960), "Mistletoe", 1922, published 1922 [ voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Ernest L. Lodge , "Mistletoe", published <<1940 [ voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Lee Marion Pattison (1890 - 1966), "Mistletoe", published 1958 [ satb chorus a cappella ], madrigal [sung text not yet checked]
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Bertram Kottmann , "Mistelzweig", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission ; composed by Gary Bachlund.
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