There was a King of Liang -- a king of wondrous might -- Who kept an open palace, where music charmed the night -- Since he was Lord of Liang a thousand years have flown, And of the towers he builded yon ruin stands alone. There reigns a heavy silence; gaunt weeds through windows pry, And down the streets of Liang old echoes, wailing, die.
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- by Launcelot Alfred Cranmer-Byng (1872 - 1945), "Desolation", appears in A Lute of Jade, being selections from the classical poets of China, first published 1909 [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 (Mary) Frances Allitsen, née Bumpus (1848 - 1912), "A King of Liang", published 1910 [voice and piano], from Four Songs from 'A Lute of Jade', no. 4, London: Weekes & Co. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Granville Ransome Bantock, Sir (1868 - 1946), "Desolation", published 1919 [voice and piano], from Songs from the Chinese Poets: Set II, no. 3 [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Gena Branscombe (1881 - 1977), "There was a King of Liang", from A Lute of Jade, no. 3 [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Emerson Whithorne (1884 - 1958), "The King of Liang", op. 18 no. 1 [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- Also set in Czech (Čeština), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG ; composed by Pavel Haas.
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