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by Arthur Symons (1865 - 1945)
The peace of a wandering sky
The peace of a wandering sky, Silence, only the cry Of the crickets, suddenly still, A bee on the window sill, A bird's wing, rushing and soft, Three flails that tramp in the loft, Summer murmuring Some sweet, slumberous thing, Half asleep; but thou cease, Heart, to hunger for peace, Or, if thou must find rest, Cease to beat in my breast.
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- by Arthur Symons (1865 - 1945), "Rest", appears in Poems of Arthur Symons, Volume 2, in The Loom of Dreams, first published 1914 [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 Herbert Norman Howells (1892 - 1983), "A Roundel of Rest", op. 12 no. 2 [ voice and piano ], from Three Rondeaux, no. 2 [sung text not yet checked]
- by John (Nicholson) Ireland (1879 - 1962), "Rest", 1919, published 1920 [ medium voice and piano ], from Three Songs, no. 3 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Norman Houston O'Neill (1875 - 1934), "A Roundel of Rest", op. 18 no. 4 (1907), published 1907 [ medium voice and piano ], from Five rondels, no. 4 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Cyril Meir Scott (1879 - 1970), "A roundel of rest", op. 52 (Two Songs) no. 2, published 1906 [ voice and piano ], London : Elkin [sung text not yet checked]
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 62