Thou art the Daughter of the Sun, Alona! Even as the sun in a green place, The light that is upon thy face! When thou art gone there is dusk on my ways, Alona! Thy soul is of sun-fire wrought in clay, Alona, The white warm clay that hath for name, Alona -- and for word of fame, Eilidh -- and is for me a Flame To burn against the Eternal Day, Alona! The hills know thee, and the green woods, Alona, And the wide sea, and the blue loch, and the stream: On thy brow, Daughter of the Sun, is agleam The mystery of Dream, -- Alona! The fires of the sun that burn thee, Alona, O, heart of my heart, are in me! Thy fire burns, thy flame killeth, thy sea Of light blazeth continually -- Is there no rest in joy, no rest, no rest for me Whom rapture slayeth utterly, Alona, Alona!
About the headline (FAQ)Author's note: Alona is the Anglicised form of an old Gaelic word signifying "exquisitely beautiful."
- by William Sharp (1855 - 1905), as Fiona Macleod, "Alona", appears in The Love Songs of Ian Mòr  [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 Rutland Boughton (1878 - 1960), "Daughter of the Sun", published 1923 [voice and piano or strings], from Five Celtic Songs, no. 2. [text not verified]
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