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by John Gould Fletcher (1886 - 1950)
Through the upland meadows
Through the upland meadows I go alone. For I dreamed of someone last night Who is waiting for me. Flower and blossom, tell me do you know of her? Have the rocks hidden her voice? They are very blue and still. Long upward road that is leading me, Light hearted I quit you, For the long loose ripples of the meadow-grass Invite me to dance upon them. Quivering grass, Daintily poised For her foot's tripping. O blown clouds, could I only race up like you! Oh, the last slopes that are sun-drenched and steep! Look, the sky! Across black valleys Rise blue-white aloft Jagged unwrinkled mountains, ranges of death. Solitude. Silence.
About the headline (FAQ)
- by John Gould Fletcher (1886 - 1950), no title, appears in Goblins and Pagodas, in Blue Symphony, no. 2, 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 Marion Eugénie Bauer (1882 - 1955), "Through the upland meadows", op. 16 (Four poems) no. 1, published 1924 [ high voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Herbert Elwell (1898 - 1974), "Through the upland meadows", published 1962 [ voice and string quartet ], from Blue Symphony: Five Songs for Voice and String Quartet, no. 2 [sung text not yet checked]
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
This text was added to the website: 2008-09-24
Line count: 21
Word count: 111