I looked in my heart while the wild swans went over. And what did I see I had not seen before? Only a question less or a question more: Nothing to match the flight of wild birds flying. Tiresome heart, forever living and dying, House without air, I leave you and lock your door. Wild swans, come over the town, come over The town again, trailing your legs and crying!
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- by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950), appears in Second April, first published 1921 [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 H. Leslie Adams (b. 1932), "Wild Swans", from Five Millay Songs, no. 1. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by John Woods Duke (1899 - 1984), "Wild Swans", 1935, published 1947 [high voice and piano], San Antonio, TX: Southern Music Co. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Paul Fetler (b. 1920), "Wild Swans", published 1957. [SATB chorus a cappella] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Harrison Kerr (1897 - 1978), "Wild Swans", published 1975 [soprano, piano], from Three Songs [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by John Mitchell (b. 1941), "The wild swans", op. 51 (Five Lyrics by Edna St. Vincent Millay) no. 2 (1983). [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Lynn Steele (1951 - 2002), "Wild swans" [mezzo-soprano and piano], from Seven Songs of Edna St. Vincent Millay, no. 7. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Ivana M. Themmen , "Wild Swans" [soprano, orchestra], from Shelter this candle from the wind [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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