I will not follow you, my bird, I will not follow you. I would not breathe a word, my bird, To bring thee here anew. I love the free in thee, my bird, The lure of freedom drew; The light you fly toward, my bird, I fly with thee unto. And there we yet will meet, my bird, Though far I go from you Where in the light outpoured, my bird, Are love and freedom too.
- by George William Russell (1867 - 1935), "Freedom", appears in The Divine Vision and Other Poems, first published 1903 [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 Fritz Bennicke Hart (1874 - 1949), "Freedom", op. 29 (Seven Sets of Seven Songs, Set II) no. 6 (1918) [ voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
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