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I'll tell you how the Sun rose, - A Ribbon at a time - The Steeples swam in Amethyst - The news like Squirrels ran - The Hills untied their Bonnets, The Bobolinks - begun - Then I said softly to myself - "That must have been the Sun!" But how he set - I know not - There seemed a purple stile Which little Yellow boys and girls Were climbing all the while - Till when they reached the other side - A Dominie in Gray Put gently up the evening Bars, And led the flock away.
About the headline (FAQ)
- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems of Emily Dickinson, first published 1890 [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 Allyson Brown Applebaum (b. 1955), "I'll tell you how the Sun rose", published 1975 [SA chorus and piano], from Songs from Emily [ sung text not verified ]
- by Arthur Farwell (1872 - 1952), "How the sun rose", op. 105 no. 1. [ sung text not verified ]
- by Eunice Lea Kettering (b. 1906), "The sun", published 1955. [SSA chorus a cappella] [ sung text not verified ]
- by Fanny Snow Knowlton (1859 - 1926), "A day" [ sung text not verified ]
- by Don McAfee (b. 1935), "I'll tell you how the sun rose" [SATB chorus a cappella] [ sung text not verified ]
- by Adeline Raymond-Ward , "A day", published 1913. [ sung text not verified ]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Bertram Kottmann
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 98
Je vous dirai comment le Soleil s'est levé -- Un Ruban à la fois -- les Clochers nageaient dans l'Améthyste -- Les nouvelles, comme les Écureuils, couraient -- Les Collines détachaient leurs bonnets -- Les Goglus des prés -- commençaient -- Alors je me dis doucement -- « Ce devait être le Soleil » ! Mais comment il s'est couché -- je ne sais pas -- Il semblait qu'il y avait un échalier pourpre Que des petits garçons et de filles en Jaune Escaladaient tout le temps -- Jusqu'à ce que quand ils eurent atteint l'autre côté Un Pasteur en Gris -- Posa doucement les barres du soir -- Et amena son troupeau --
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Translations of title(s):
"The sun" = "Le soleil"
"How the sun rose" = "Comment le soleil s'est levé"
"I'll tell you how the sun rose" = "Je vous dirai comment le Soleil s'est levé"
"A day" = "Un jour"
- Translation from English to French (Français) copyright © 2017 by Guy Laffaille, (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 Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems of Emily Dickinson, first published 1890
This text was added to the website: 2017-01-01
Line count: 16
Word count: 100