When a mounting skylark sings In the sunlit summer morn, I know that heaven is up on high, And on earth are fields of corn. But when a nightingale sings, In the moonlit summer even, I know not if earth is merely earth, Only that heaven is heaven.
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- by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830 - 1894), no title, appears in Sing-song: a nursery rhyme book, first published 1872 [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 Edgar Leslie Bainton (1880 - 1956), "When a mounting skylark sings", published 1925 [ voice and piano ], from Kikirikee [sung text not yet checked]
- by John (Nicholson) Ireland (1879 - 1962), "Skylark and Nightingale", 1918, published 1919 [ medium voice, piano ], from Mother and Child, no. 4 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Hermann Frederic Löhr (1872 - 1943), "When a mounting skylark sings", published 1912? [ baritone and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Arthur Somervell, Sir (1863 - 1937), "When a mounting skylark sings", published 1903 [ tenor, vocal quartet, and piano ], from Wind Flowers, no. 7 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Felix Gerald Swinstead (1880 - 1959), "When a mounting skylark sings", published 1907 [ voice and piano ], from Sing-Song Cycle [sung text not yet checked]
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 48