When slim Sophia mounts her horse And paces down the avenue, It seems an inward melody She paces to. Each narrow hoof is lifted high Beneath the dark enclustering pines, A silver ray within his bit And bridle shines. His eye burns deep, his tail is arched, And streams upon the shadowy air, The daylight sleeks his jetty flanks, His mistress' hair. Her habit flows in darkness down, Upon the stirrup rests her foot, Her brow is lifted, as if earth She heeded not. 'Tis silent in the avenue, The sombre pines are mute of song, The blue is dark, there moves no breeze The boughs among. When slim Sophia mounts her horse And paces down the avenue, It seems an inward melody She paces to.
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- by Walter De la Mare (1873 - 1956), "Reverie", appears in Songs of Childhood, first published 1902 [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 Woods Duke (1899 - 1984), "When slim Sophia mounts her horse", published 1965 [ voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by John Woods Duke (1899 - 1984), "When slim Sophia mounts her horse", 1981 [ SSA chorus ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Cecil Armstrong Gibbs (1889 - 1960), "Reverie", published 1933 [ SATB quartet and piano ], from Songs of Childhood [sung text not yet checked]
- by J. Frederick Keel (1871 - 1954), "Reverie", published 1920 [ voice and piano ], from Four "Songs of Childhood" [sung text not yet checked]
- by Arthur Shepherd (1880 - 1958), "Reverie", published 1961 [ high voice and piano ], from Seven Songs [sung text not yet checked]
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