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As imperceptibly as grief The Summer lapsed away -- Too imperceptible, at last, To seem like Perfidy -- A Quietness distilled As Twilight long begun, Or Nature spending with herself Sequestered Afternoon -- The Dusk drew earlier in -- The morning foreign shone -- A courteous, yet harrowing Grace, As Guest, [that]1 would be gone -- And thus, without a Wing Or service of a Keel Our Summer made her light escape Into the Beautiful.
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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), "Summer's lapse", alternate title: "As imperceptibly as grief", c1960-74. [soprano, piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Martin Butler (b. 1960), "The summer lapsed away", published 1985 [soprano, clarinet, and piano], from Three Emily Dickinson Songs, no. 1, Oxford, Oxford University Press [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Richard Layton Kent (b. 1916), "As imperceptibly as grief", published 1966 [SSA chorus and piano], from Autumn songs, no. 2, New York: Lawson-Gould [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by André Previn (1929 - 2019), "As imperceptibly as grief", 1999, first performed 1999 [soprano and piano], from Three Dickinson Songs, no. 1. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Wim de Ruiter (b. 1943), "As imperceptibly as grief", 1983. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Robert W. Thygerson , "As imperceptibly as grief", published 1980. [SSA chorus and piano] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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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 © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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So wenig wahrnehmbar wie Leid verging des Sommers Blühn - zu wenig wahrnehmbar zuletzt als dass er treulos schien - Ruh’ träufelte herab, längst Zwielicht überm Land - Natur den ganzen Nachmittag in Stille zu sich fand - Die Dämmerung fiel früher ein - fremder das Morgenrot - anmutig, höflich, - schmerzlich doch - ein Gast, der alsbald fort - und solcherart, ganz flügellos und ohne einen Kiel entfloh der Sommer, mühelos, ins schönere Exil.
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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: 2017-05-21
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Word count: 75