Calm is the morn without a sound, Calm as to suit a calmer grief, And only thro' the faded leaf The chestnut pattering to the ground: Calm and deep peace on this high wold And on these dews that drench the furze, And all the silvery gossamers That twinkle into green and gold: Calm and still light on yon great plain That sweeps with all its autumn bowers, And crowded farms and lessening towers, To mingle with the bounding main: Calm and deep peace in this wide air, These leaves that redden to the fall; And in my heart, if calm at all, If any calm, a calm despair: Calm on the seas, and silver sleep, And waves that sway themselves in rest, And dead calm in that noble breast Which heaves but in the heaving deep.
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- by Alfred Tennyson, Lord (1809 - 1892), no title, appears in In Memoriam A. H. H. obiit MDCCCXXXIII, no. 11, first published 1850 [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 John Blockley (1800 - 1882), "Calm is the morn", <<1892. [voice and piano] [text not verified]
- by Henry Ernest Geehl (1881 - 1957?), "Calm is the morn", published 1921. [voice and piano] [text not verified]
- by Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934), "Calm is the morn", op. 16 no. 1 (1903), first performed 1904 [soprano and piano], from Six Songs, no. 1. [text verified 1 time]
- by William Brocklesby Wordsworth (1908 - 1988), "Autumn", 1971, first performed 1971 [ATBB chorus and piano], from Four Seasonal Songs [text not verified]
Researcher for this text: Geoffrey Wieting
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