When roses cease to bloom, dear, And violets are done, When bumble-bees in solemn flight Have passed beyond the sun, The hand that passed to gather Upon this summer's day Will idle lie, in Auburn, -- Then take my flower, pray!
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Note for stanza 2, line 3: "Auburn" refers to Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts
- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, written 1858, appears in Poems by Emily Dickinson, first published 1896 [author's text checked 1 time 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), "When roses cease to bloom", 1947, published 1947 [ soprano and alto, SSAA chorus, and piano ], from From Emily's Diary [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Ronald A. Beckett , "When roses cease to bloom, dear", 2016 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Juliana Hall (b. 1958), "When roses cease to bloom, sir", 2010 [ soprano and piano ], from Upon this Summer's Day -- 8 songs for Soprano and Piano, no. 8 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Nick Peros , "When roses cease to bloom, sir" [sung text checked 1 time]
- by David Sisco , "When roses cease to bloom", 2007 [ soprano and piano ], from Love is..., no. 4 [sung text not yet checked]
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