Against these turbid turquoise skies The light and luminous balloons Dip and drift like satin moons, Drift like silken butterflies; Reel with every windy gust, Rise and reel like dancing girls, Float like strange transparent pearls, Fall and float like silver dust. Now to the low leaves they cling, Each with coy fantastic pose, Each a petal of a rose Straining at a gossamer string. Then to the tall trees they climb, Like thin globes of amethyst, Wandering opals keeping tryst With the rubies of the lime.
- by Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), "Les ballons" [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 Gerald Gover (b. 1914), "Les ballons", published <<1956 [ soprano and 2 clarinets ], from Fantaisies Décoratives [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Charles Tomlinson Griffes (1884 - 1920), "Les ballons", A. 40 (1912-5), published 1986 [ high voice and piano ] [ sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Dezső Kosztolányi) , "Les ballons"
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