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These are the days when Birds come back -- A very few -- a Bird or two -- To take a backward look. These are the days when skies resume The old -- old sophistries of June -- A blue and gold mistake. Oh fraud that cannot cheat the Bee -- Almost thy plausibility Induces my belief. Till ranks of seeds their witness bear -- And softly thro' the altered air Hurries a timid leaf. Oh Sacrament of summer days, Oh Last Communion in the Haze -- Permit a child to join. Thy sacred emblems to partake -- They consecrated bread to take And thine immortal wine!
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- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, 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 Rudolf Escher (1912 - 1980), "These are the days when birds come back", 1955, published 1956 [mixed chorus of 7-10 voices], from Songs of Love and Eternity, no. 1. [text not verified]
- by William Ferris , "Indian summer", published 1979. [SATB chorus and piano] [text not verified]
- by Ulysses Simpson Kay (1917 - 1995), "Indian summer", published 1964 [SSA chorus and piano], from Emily Dickinson Set [text not verified]
- by George Frederick McKay (1899 - 1970), "Indian summer", published 1967. [SSA chorus and piano] [text not verified]
- by Thomas Pasatieri (b. 1945), "These are the days", published 1977. [high voice, piano] [text not verified]
- by George Perle (1915 - 2009), "These are the days when birds come back" [voice and piano], from Thirteen Dickinson Songs, no. 7. [text verified 1 time]
- by Daniel Rogers Pinkham (1923 - 2006), "These are the days when birds come back", published 1974 [medium voice and electronic tape], from Safe in their Alabaster Chambers [text not verified]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , title unknown, copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 98
Ce sont les jours où les Oiseaux reviennent -- Très peu - un Oiseau ou deux -- Pour jeter un coup d'œil en arrière. Ce sont les jours où les cieux recommencent Les vieux, -- vieux Sophismes de Juin -- Une erreur bleue et dorée. Oh supercherie que l'Abeille ne peut commettre -- Ta vraisemblance entraîne Presque ma conviction. Jusqu'à ce que les rangs de graines portent leur témoignage -- Et doucement à travers l'air transformé Se dépêche une feuille timide. Oh Sacrement des jours d'été, Oh Dernière Communion dans la Brume -- Permettez à un enfant de se joindre. Tes emblèmes sacrés pour participer -- Ils ont consacrés le pain à prendre Et ton vin immortel !
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- Translation from English to French (Français) copyright © 2009 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, first published 1890
This text was added to the website: 2009-01-11
Line count: 18
Word count: 110