I wander by the edge Of this desolate lake Where wind cries in the sedge: Until the axle break That keeps the stars in their round, And hands hurl in the deep The banners of East and West. And the girdle of light is unbound, Your breast will not lie by the breast Of your beloved in sleep.
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Confirmed with W. B. Yeats, Later Poems, Macmillan and Co., London, 1926, page 32.Note: first published in Dome, May 1898 as one of the "Aodh to Dectora. Three Songs", revised 1899, revised 1906.
- by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), title 1: "Aedh hears the Cry of the Sedge", title 2: "He hears the Cry of the Sedge", appears in The Wind among the reeds, first published 1899 [author's text checked 1 time 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 Stanley Grill (b. 1953), "He hears the cry of the sedge", copyright © 1977 [soprano and piano], from Six Songs, no. 3, confirmed with an online score [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Paul Schwartz (b. 1907), "He hears the cry of the sedge", 1945 [voice and piano], from A Poet to His Beloved [ sung text not verified ]
- by Peter Warlock (1894 - 1930), "He hears the cry of the sedge", published 1924 [tenor solo, flute, English horn and string quartet], from The Curlew, no. 4. [ sung text verified 1 time]
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- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: David K. Smythe
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