On me to rest, my bird my bird, The swaying branches of my heart Are blown by every wind toward The home whereto their wings depart. Build not your nest, my bird on me I know no peace but ever sway, Oh lovely bird, be free be free On the wild music of the day. But sometimes, when your wings would rest And winds are laid on quiet eves Come, I will bear you, breast to breast And lap you close with loving leaves.
- by George William Russell (1867 - 1935), "Rest", appears in The Divine Vision and Other Poems, first published 1903 [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 William Busch (1901 - 1945), "Rest", published 1944. [voice, piano] [text not verified]
- by Peggy Glanville-Hicks (1912 - 1990), "Rest", published 1938. [voice, piano] [text verified 1 time]
- by Fritz Bennicke Hart (1874 - 1949), "Rest", op. 30 (Seven Sets of Seven Songs, Set III) no. 6 (1918). [voice and piano] [text not verified]
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