The daisy follows soft the sun, And when his golden walk is done, Sits shyly at his feet. He, waking, finds the flower near. "Wherefore, marauder, art thou here? Because, sir, love is sweet!" We are the flower, Thou the sun! Forgive us, if as days decline, We nearer steal to Thee, - Enamoured of the parting west, The peace, the flight, the amethyst, Night's possibility!
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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 Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "The daisy follows soft the sun", published 1947 [ soprano, alto, SSAA chorus, and piano ], from From Emily's Diary [sung text not yet checked]
- by Juliana Hall (b. 1958), "The daisy follows soft the sun ", 2010 [ soprano and piano ], from Upon this Summer's Day -- 8 songs for Soprano and Piano, no. 5 [sung text not yet checked]
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