The grass so little has to do, - A sphere of simple green, With only butterflies to brood, And bees to entertain, And stir all day to pretty tunes The breezes fetch along, And hold the sunshine in its lap And bow to everything; And thread the dews all night, like pearls, And make itself so fine, - A duchess were too common For such a noticing. And even when it dies, to pass In odors so divine, As lowly spices gone to sleep, Or amulets of pine. And then to dwell in sovereign barns, And dream the days away, - The grass so little has to do, I wish I were the hay!
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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 grass so little has to do", 1931, published 1944 [medium voice and piano], from the collection Songs from Emily Dickinson [text verified 1 time]
- by Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "The grass so little has to do", 1936, first performed 1944 [voice and piano], from the collection Songs from Emily Dickinson [text verified 1 time]
- by Arthur Bergh (1882 - 1962), "The grass", published 1954. [SA chorus and piano] [text not verified]
- by Arthur Farwell (1872 - 1952), "The grass so little has to do", op. 112 no. 2. [text not verified]
- by Vincent Persichetti (1915 - 1987), "The grass", op. 77 no. 4 (1957), published 1958 [medium voice, piano], from Emily Dickinson Songs, no. 4. [text not verified]
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