What land of Silence, Where pale stars shine On apple-blossom And dew-drenched vine, Is yours and mine? The silent valley That we will find, Where all the voices Of humankind Are left behind. There all forgetting, Forgotten quite, We will repose us, With our delight Hid out of sight. The world forsaken, And out of mind Honour and labour, We shall not find The stars unkind. And men shall travail, And laugh and weep; But we have vistas Of gods asleep, With dreams as deep. A land of Silence, Where pale stars shine On apple-blossoms And dew-drenched vine, Be yours and mine!
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Confirmed with Ernest Dowson, Verses, London: Leonard Smithers, 1896, pages 32-33. Dedicated to Sam Smith.
- by Ernest Christopher Dowson (1867 - 1900), "Beata Solitudo", appears in Verses, London, Leonard Smithers, first published 1896 [author's text checked 2 times 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 Pamela Harrison (1915 - 1990), "Beata solitudo" [ tenor and string orchestra ], from Five Poems of Ernest Dowson  [sung text not yet checked]
- by George Norman Peterkin (1886 - 1982), "Beata solitudo", published <<1940 [ voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Roger Quilter (1877 - 1953), "A Land Of Silence", op. 10 no. 3 (1907), published 1908 [ voice and piano ], from Songs of Sorrow, no. 3, London, Boosey [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Cyril Meir Scott (1879 - 1970), "The valley of silence", op. 72 (Four Songs) no. 4, published 1911 [ voice and piano ], London : Elkin [sung text not yet checked]
- by Grigory Smirnov (b. 1985), "A land of Silence", subtitle: "Beata Solitudo", 2013, published 2013, first performed 2014 [ tenor and piano ], from Dowson Songs, no. 11 [sung text checked 1 time]
Research team for this text: David K. Smythe , Poom Andrew Pipatjarasgit [Guest Editor]
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