Into the scented woods we'll go And see the blackthorn swim in snow. High above, in the budding leaves, A brooding dove awakes and grieves; The glades with mingled music stir, And wildly laughs the woodpecker. When blackthorn petals pearl the breeze, There are the twisted hawthorn trees Thickset with buds, as clear and pale As golden water or green hail - As if a storm of rain had stood Enchanted in the thorny wood, And, hearing fairy voices call, Hung poised, forgetting how to fall.
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- by Mary Gladys Meredith Webb (1881 - 1927), "Green rain", appears in Poems and The Spring of Joy, first published 1928 [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 Rutland Boughton (1878 - 1960), "By the blackthorn", 1944 [ voice, piano, and violin ], from Five Songs, no. 4 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Michael (Dewar) Head (1900 - 1976), "Green rain", 1938, published 1939 [ mezzo-soprano and piano or string quartet ], from Five Songs, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Robin Orr (1909 - 2006), "Green rain", 1951 [ mezzo-soprano, flute, viola, and piano ], from Three Pastorals [sung text not yet checked]
- by Joan Trimble (1915 - 2005), "Green rain", published 1938 [ medium voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Grace Mary Williams (1906 - 1977), "Green rain", <<1954 [sung text not yet checked]
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