Why do you break upon this old, cool peace, This painted peace of ours, With harsh dress hissing like a flock of geese, With garish flowers? Why do you churn smooth waters rough again, Selfish old skin-and-bone? Leave us to quiet dreaming and slow pain, Leave us alone.
- by Robert Graves (1895 - 1985), "The Lady Visitor in the Pauper Ward", appears in Goliath and David, first published 1916 [author's text checked 1 time 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 Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, Baron Berners (1883 - 1950), "The Lady Visitor in the Pauper Ward", published 1920 [medium voice and piano], from Three English Songs, no. 2. [text not verified]
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