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Sleep is supposed to be, By souls of sanity, The shutting of the eye. Sleep is the station grand Down which on either hand The hosts of witness stand! Morn is supposed to be, By people of degree, The breaking of the day. Morning has not occurred! That shall aurora be East of Eternity; One with the banner gay, One in the red array, - That is the break of day.
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- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems of Emily Dickinson, first published 1890 [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 Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990), "Sleep is supposed to be", 1949-50 [mezzo-soprano, piano], from Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson, no. 7. [ sung text verified 1 time]
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- CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "La son se suposa que és", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le sommeil est supposé être", 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 © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Le sommeil est supposé être Pour les âmes de bon sens La fermeture de l'œil. Le sommeil est l'endroit grandiose Où de chaque côté Les foules de témoins se tiennent. Le matin est supposé être Pour les personnes d'un certain rang Le point du jour. La matin n'est pas arrivé ! Que l'aurore soit À l'est de l'éternité ; Avec la bannière éclatante, Dans la parure rouge, C'est le point du jour.
- 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 of Emily Dickinson, first published 1890
Text added to the website: 2008-11-09 00:00:00
Last modified: 2018-03-15 09:15:59
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Word count: 72