This is the land the sunset washes, These are the banks of the yellow sea; Where it rose, or whither it rushes, These are the western mystery! Night after night her purple traffic Strews the landing with opal bales; Merchantmen poise upon horizons, Dip, and vanish [with fairy sails]1.
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1 Ippolito: "like Orioles"
- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems of Emily Dickinson, first published 1890 [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), "The banks of the yellow sea", alternate title: "The yellow sea", 1940, published 1942 [low voice and piano], from Six Songs, no. 1, published in the January edition of New Music [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Arthur Farwell (1872 - 1952), "The sea of sunset", op. 26 no. ?, published 1928 [medium voice and piano], from Three Dickinson Poems [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Michael Ippolito (b. 1985), "This is the land the sunset washes", 2014 [solo voice], from Peacock Presumes to Die!, no. 2, confirmed with a score [ sung text checked 1 time]
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