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The infinite shining heavens Rose, and I saw in the night Uncountable angel stars Showering sorrow and light. I saw them distant as heaven, Dumb and shining and dead, And the idle stars of the night Were dearer to me than bread. Night after night in my sorrow The stars [stood]1 over the sea, Till lo! I looked in the dusk And a star had come down to me.
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1 Vaughan Williams: "looked"
- by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894), no title, appears in Songs of Travel and other verses, no. 6 [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 Samuel C. Colburn , "The infinite shining heavens", published <<1940. [voice and piano] [ sung text not verified ]
- by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958), "The infinite shining heavens", 1904, published 1907, orchestrated 1962 [voice and piano], from Songs of Travel, no. 6. [ sung text verified 1 time]
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- CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Els cels infinits i resplendents", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "I cieli splendenti e infiniti", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Els cels infinits i resplendents s’alçaren i jo veié en la nit incomptables estrelles angèliques vessant llum i tristor. Jo les veié distants com el cel, mudes, brillants i somortes i les immòbils estrelles de la nit eren per a mi més preuades que el pa. Nit darrere nit, en el meu desconsol, les estrelles eren damunt el mar fins que, heus aquí! Vaig esguardar en la foscúria i una estrella havia davallat al meu envers.
- Translation from English to Catalan (Català) copyright © 2016 by Salvador Pila, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
- a text in English by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894), no title, appears in Songs of Travel and other verses, no. 6
This text was added to the website: 2016-02-11
Line count: 12
Word count: 76