Encinctured with a twine of leaves, That leafy twine his only dress! A lovely Boy was plucking fruits, By moonlight, in a wilderness. The moon was bright, the air was free, And fruits and flowers together grew On many a shrub and many a tree: And all put on a gentle hue, Hanging in the shadowy air Like a picture rich and rare. It was a climate where, they say, The night is more beloved than day. But who that beauteous Boy beguil'd That beauteous boy to linger here? Alone, by night, a little child, In place so silent and so wild - Has he no friend, no loving mother near?
- by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 - 1834), appears in The Wanderings of Cain [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 (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "Encinctured with a twine of leaves", op. 60 no. 3, from Nocturne for tenor solo, seven obligato instruments and string orchestra, no. 3. [text verified 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Jean-Pierre Granger)
- CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , title 1: "Cinturat amb una gansalla de fulles", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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