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Will there really be a morning? Is there such a thing as day? Could I see it from the mountains If I were as tall as they? Has it feet like water-lilies? Has it feathers like a bird? Is it brought from famous countries Of which I have never heard? Oh, some scholar! Oh, some sailor! Oh, some wise man from the skies! Please to tell a little pilgrim Where the place called morning lies!
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- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems by Emily Dickinson, first published 1891 [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 Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "Is there such a thing as day?", c1940, published 1944 [ medium voice and piano ], from Songs from Emily Dickinson: Nature Time and Space - Volume 1, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Gloria Coates (b. 1938), "Will there really be a morning?", from 15 Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson, no. 15 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Ricky Ian Gordon (b. 1956), "Will there really be a morning" [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Brian Holmes (b. 1946), "Will there really be a morning?" [ treble chorus and piano ], from Emily's Day, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Richard Hundley (1930 - 2018), "Will there really be a morning" [sung text not yet checked]
- by Lori Laitman (b. 1955), "Will there really be a morning?", 1996 [ soprano or mezzo-soprano and piano ], from Four Dickinson Songs, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Vincent Persichetti (1915 - 1987), "Out of the morning", op. 77 no. 1 (1957), published 1958 [ voice, piano ], from Emily Dickinson Songs, no. 1 [sung text not yet checked]
- by André Previn (1929 - 2019), "Will there really be a morning", 1999, first performed 1999 [ soprano and piano ], from Three Dickinson Songs, no. 2 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Valerie Saalbach (b. 1951), "Out of the Morning" [ voice and piano ], from Poems of Emily Dickinson, no. 5 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Charles Willeby (1865 - 1955), "Little pilgrim (A child's fancy)", published 1907 [sung text not yet checked]
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- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Wird es „Morgen“ wirklich geben? Gibt es so etwas wie „Tag“? Könnt ich’s von ganz oben sehen, wenn ich hätt’ der Berge Schlag? Hat es Sprossen wie Seerosen? Federn, wie’s der Vogel hat? Aus fernem Land zu uns gestoßen, von dem man keine Ahnung hat? Ach, Gelehrter! Ach,Matrose! Weiser, der vom Himmel fliegt! Sagt einem, der auf dem Weg ist, wo, was „Morgen“ heißt, denn liegt.
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- a text in English by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems by Emily Dickinson, first published 1891
This text was added to the website: 2016-11-28
Line count: 12
Word count: 66