Day is dying! Float, O song, Down the westward river, Requiem chanting to the Day, Day, the mighty giver! Pierced by shafts of Time he bleeds, Melted rubies sending Through the river and the sky, Earth and heaven blending; All the long-drawn earthy banks Up to cloud-land lifting: Slow between them drifts the swan 'Twixt two heavens drifting, Wings half open like a flow'r. Inly deeper flushing, Neck and breast as virgin's pure, -- Virgin proudly blushing. Day is dying! Float, O swan, Down the ruby river, Follow, song, in requiem To the mighty Giver.
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- by Mary Ann Evans (1819 - 1880), as George Eliot, no title, appears in The Spanish Gypsy, first published 1868 [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 Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir (1852 - 1924), "Day is dying", op. 1 no. 2, from Eight songs from "The Spanish Gypsy", no. 2. [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry
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