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There came a wind like a bugle, It quivered through the grass, And a green chill upon the heat So ominous did pass We barred the windows and the doors As from an emerald ghost The doom's electric moccasin That very instant passed. On a strange mob of panting trees, And fences fled away, And rivers where the houses ran The living looked that day, The bell within the steeple wild, The flying tidings whirled. How much can come and much can go, And yet abide the world!
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- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems by Emily Dickinson, first published 1891 [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 Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "A wind like a bugle", published 1971 [SSAA chorus and piano], from Nature [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "A wind like a bugle", published 1944 [voice and piano], from Songs from Emily Dickinson: Nature Time and Space - Volume 2 [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Milton Bliss , "There came a wind like a bugle" [SSA chorus a cappella] [ sung text not verified ]
- by Martin Butler (b. 1960), "There came a wind", published 1985 [soprano, clarinet, and piano], from Three Emily Dickinson Songs, no. 2, Oxford, Oxford University Press [ sung text not verified ]
- by Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990), "There came a wind like a bugle", 1949-50, published 1951 [mezzo-soprano, piano], from Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson, no. 2. [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Thomas Pasatieri (b. 1945), "There came a wind like a bugle", published 1976 [soprano, clarinet, violin, violoncello, and piano], from Far from love, no. 8. [ sung text not verified ]
- by George Perle (1915 - 2009), "There came a wind like a bugle", 1977 [voice and piano], from Thirteen Dickinson Songs, no. 4. [ sung text verified 1 time]
Set in a modified version by Gordon Getty, Lee Hoiby, Leon Kirchner.
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , title 1: "Vingué un vent com un clarí", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Alors vint un vent comme un clairon", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 88
Alors vint un vent comme un clairon, Il frissonna dans l'herbe Et un froid vert sur la chaleur Si menaçante est passé. Nous avons mis la barre à la fenêtre et aux portes Comme contre un fantôme émeraude Le mocassin électrique du sort À l'instant même a frappé. Sur une étrange foule d'arbres essoufflés Et des haies enfuies au loin Et des rivières coulant à la place des maisons Les vivants jetaient les yeux ce jour-là. La cloche dans le clocher sauvage A fait tourbillonner la nouvelle qui vole Combien tout peut changer et combien peut arriver Et pourtant le monde demeure.
- Translation from English to French (Français) copyright © 2008 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
- a text in English by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems by Emily Dickinson, first published 1891
This text was added to the website: 2008-11-09
Line count: 16
Word count: 102