And like myself alone, wholly alone, It sees the day's long sunshine glow; And like myself it makes its moan In unexhausted woe. Give we the hills our equal prayer; Earth's breezy hills and heaven's blue sea; We ask for nothing further here But our own hearts, the joy of liberty. Could my hand unlock the chain, How gladly would I watch it soar, And never regret, and never complain To see its shining eyes no more.
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- by Emily Brontë (1818 - 1848), no title, appears in The Complete Poems of Emily Brontë, first published 1910 [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 John Pierre Herman Joubert (1927 - 2019), "Caged Bird", published 1971 [ high voice and piano ], from Six Poems of Emily Brontë [sung text not yet checked]
- by John Mitchell (b. 1941), "The caged bird", op. 24 no. 13 (1977), from The Earth, the Wind, and the Sky, no. 13 [sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Victoria Brago
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