Have you got a brook in your little heart, Where bashful flowers blow, And blushing birds go down to drink, And shadows tremble so? And nobody knows, so still it flows, That any brook is there; And yet your little draught of life Is daily drunken there. Then look out for the little brook in March, When the rivers overflow, And the snows come hurrying from the hills, And the bridges often go. And later, in August it may be, When the meadows parching lie, Beware, lest this little brook of life Some burning noon go dry!
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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 George Frederick Boyle (1886 - 1948), "The silent brook", published 1937 [ voice, piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Clarence Dickinson (1873 - 1969), "Have you got a brook in your little heart", published 1897 [ voice, piano ], from Six Songs [sung text not yet checked]
- by John Woods Duke (1899 - 1984), "Have you got a brook in your little heart", 1975 [ soprano and piano ], from Four Poems by Emily Dickinson, no. 3, Southern/Texas [sung text not yet checked]
- by Henry Mollincone (b. 1946), "Have you got a brook", published 1966 [ SSAA chorus and piano or harp ], from Five Poems of Love [sung text not yet checked]
- by Etta Parker , "Have you got a brook in your little heart", published 1896 [sung text not yet checked]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
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