We walked together in the dusk To watch the tower grow dimly white, And saw it lift against the sky Its flower of amber light. You talked of half a hundred things, I kept each hurried word you said; And when at last the hour was full, I saw the light turn red. You did not know the time had come, You did not see the sudden flower, Nor know that in my heart Love's birth Was reckoned from that hour.
- by Sara Teasdale (1884 - 1933), "The Metropolitan Tower", appears in Helen of Troy and Other Poems, first published 1911 [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 Lori Laitman (b. 1955), "The Metropolitan Tower", 1991-2, first performed 1991 [soprano and piano], from The Metropolitan Tower and Other Songs, no. 1. [text verified 1 time]
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