See how the trees and the osiers lithe Are green bedecked and the woods are blithe. The meadows have donned their cape of flowers, The air is soft with the sweet May showers, And the birds make melody: But the spring of the soul, the spring of the soul Cometh no more for you or for me. The lazy hum of the busy bees Murmureth through the almond trees; The jonquil flaunteth a gay, blonde head, The primrose peeps from a mossy bed, And the violets scent the lane. But the flowers of the soul, the flowers of the soul For you and for me bloom never again.
- by Ernest Christopher Dowson (1867 - 1900), "In Spring", appears in Decorations, first published 1899 [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 Frederick Delius (1862 - 1934), "In spring", 1906-7, published 1911 [ mezzo-soprano and baritone soli, chorus, and orchestra ], from Songs of Sunset, no. 6 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Roger Quilter (1877 - 1953), "In spring", op. 10 no. 4 (1907), published 1908 [ voice and piano ], from Songs of Sorrow, no. 4, London, Boosey [sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: David K. Smythe
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