Sister fairest, why art thou sighing? "Dear one, a ring was on my hand; now in the sea's cold deep 'tis lying, no diver brings it back to land." Sister sweetest, why art thou weeping? "Dear one, a rose bloomed on my tree; some cruel hand, while I was sleeping, hath reft my rose away from me." Sister saddest, why art thou pining? "Dear one, I had a lover true; death smote him in my arms reclining. and I for death am pining too!"
- by Arlo Bates (1850 - 1918), appears in Told in the Gate, first published 1892 [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 Whitefield Chadwick (1854 - 1931), "Sister fairest, why art thou sighing", from Lyrics from "Told in the Gate", no. 9 [sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Johann Winkler
This text was added to the website: 2020-04-20
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Word count: 84