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A drop fell on the apple tree. Another on the roof; A half a dozen kissed the eaves, And made the gables laugh. A few went out to help the brook, That went to help the sea. Myself conjectured, Were they pearls, What necklaces could be! The dust replaced in hoisted roads, The birds jocoser sung; The sunshine threw his hat away, The orchard spangles hung. The breezes brought dejected lutes, And bathed them in the glee; The East put out a single flag, And signed the fête away.
E. Bacon sets stanzas 1-2 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
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- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems of Emily Dickinson, first published 1890 [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 Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "A drop fell on the apple tree", published 1947 [ soprano, SSAA chorus, and piano or orchestra ], cantata [sung text not yet checked]
- by Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "A drop fell on the apple tree", published 1944, stanzas 1-2 [ voice and piano ], from Songs from Emily Dickinson: Nature Time and Space - Volume 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Ronald A. Beckett , "A drop fell on the apple tree", 2013 [ voice and piano ], from Five Poems by Emily Dickinson, no. 4 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Clarence Dickinson (1873 - 1969), "Summer shower", published 1897 [ voice and piano ], from Six Songs [sung text not yet checked]
- by Arthur Farwell (1872 - 1952), "Summer shower", op. 73 no. 1, published 1928, from Three Dickinson Poems, no. 1 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Richard Layton Kent (b. 1916), "A drop fell on the apple tree", published 1971 [ SSA chorus or TTBB chorus a cappella ], from Spring Songs [sung text not yet checked]
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
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 89
Ein Tropfen auf den Apfelbaum. Aufs Dach ein weit’rer fiel; sechs küssten wohl die Traufen dann - den Giebeln es gefiel. Ein paar halfen dem Flusse aus, der wiederum dem Meer. Wenn’s Perlen wärn, stell ich mir vor, welch Halsband gäb dies her. Weg war der Staub, aus blanker Flur klang Vogelfröhlichkeit; Der Sonnenschein warf weg den Hut - die Welt im Glitzerkleid. Der Lüfte lustlos Lautenspiel - der Frohsinn bracht’s auf Trab; mit einer einz’gen Flagge winkt der Ost die Feier ab.
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- 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: 2017-05-07
Line count: 16
Word count: 83