I know not how it falls on me, This summer evening, hushed and lone; Yet the faint wind comes soothingly With something of an olden tone. Forgive me if I've shunned so long Your gentle greeting, earth and air! But sorrow withers [e'en]1 the strong, And who can fight against despair?
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1 Bacon: "even"
- by Emily Brontë (1818 - 1848), no title, appears in The Complete Poems of Emily Brontë, first published 1910 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "Gentle greeting", 194-?, published 1952 [voice, piano], from Quiet Airs, no. 2. [text verified 1 time]
- by Nick Peros , "I know not how it falls on me" [text verified 1 time]
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