Harp of wild and dreamy strain, when I touch thy strings, Why sound out of longforgotten things? Harp, in other, earlier days, I could sing to thee; And not one of all my lays vexed my memory. But now, if I awake a note that gave me joy before Sounds of sorrow from thee float, Changing evermore. Yet, still steeped in memory's dyes, come sailing on, Darkening my summer skies, Shutting out my sun.
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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), "Harp", published 1971 [ high voice and piano ], from Six Poems of Emily Brontë [sung text not yet checked]
- by Lothar Klein (b. 1932), "Harp of wild and dream-like strain", 1966 [ high voice and piano ], from Three Melancholy Songs [sung text not yet checked]
- by John Mitchell (b. 1941), "The harp", op. 24 no. 10 (1977), from The Earth, the Wind, and the Sky, no. 10 [sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Victoria Brago
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