by Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

The tear
Language: English 
On beds of snow the moonbeam slept,
  And chilly was the midnight gloom,
When by the damp grave Ellen wept--
  [Fond]1 maid! it was her Lindor's tomb!

A warm tear gushed, the wintry air,
  Congealed it as it flowed away:
All night it lay an ice-drop there,
  At morn it glittered in the ray.

An angel, wandering from her sphere,
  Who saw this bright, this frozen gem,
To dew-eyed Pity brought the tear
  And hung it on her diadem!

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1 Hiller: "Sweet"


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation possibly by Adolf Wilhelm Ernst von Winterfeld (1824 - 1888) and possibly by N. Roda ; composed by Franz Wilhelm Abt, Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Carl Ludwig Amand Mangold.

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This text was added to the website: 2003-10-19
Line count: 12
Word count: 79