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Only the wind knows he is gone, Only the wind grieves, The sun shines, the fields are sown, Sparrows mate in the eaves; But I heard the wind in the pines he planted And the hemlocks overhead, "His acres wake, for the year turns, But he is asleep," it said.
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Note: According to Carol Schoen, in Sara Teasdale, Twayne Publishers, 1986, page 150, the "W.E.W." in the title refers to W. E. Wheeler, in memory of whom the poem is written.
- by Sara Teasdale (1884 - 1933), "Wind Elegy (W.E.W.)" [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 George Crumb (b. 1929), "Wind Elegy (W.E.W.)" [ voice and piano ], from Three Early Songs, no. 3 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Simon Sargon (b. 1938), "Wind Elegy", 1988 [ voice and piano ], from Let it be you, no. 2 [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Élégie au vent", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Des Windes Klage (W.E.W.)", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2010-03-23
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Word count: 50
Seul le vent sait qu'il est parti, Seul le vent souffre, Le soleil brille, les champs sont semés, Les moineaux s'accouplent sous les avant-toits : Mais j'entends le vent dans les pins qu'il a plantés Et les sapins au-dessus, « Ses arpents s'éveillent, car l'année tourne, Mais il dort, » dit-il.
- 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.
This text was added to the website: 2017-05-16
Line count: 8
Word count: 51