You cannot dream things lovelier than the first love I had of her. Nor air is any as magic shaken as her breath in the first kiss taken. And who, in dreaming, understands her hands stretched like a blind man's hands? Open, trembling, wise they were - You cannot dream things lovelier.
About the headline (FAQ)
- by Humbert Wolfe (1885 - 1940), "Things lovelier", appears in The Unknown Goddess, first published 1925 [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 Samuel Hans Adler (b. 1928), "Things lovelier", published 1958?9? [SATB chorus a cappella], from Three encore songs [text not verified]
- by Michael (Dewar) Head (1900 - 1976), "You cannot dream", 1936, published 1936. [tenor and piano] [text not verified]
- by Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934), "Things lovelier", op. 48 no. 2, H. 174 no. 2 (1929), published 1930 [voice and piano], from Twelve Humbert Wolfe Songs, no. 2. [text verified 1 time]
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