Earth ! guard what here we lay in holy...
Language: English 
  Elle était du monde, ou les plus belles choses
     Ont le pire destin:
  Et Rose, elle a dure, ce que durent les roses,
     L'espace d'un matin.

Earth ! guard what here we lay in [holy]1 trust ; 
  That which hath left our home a darkened place, 
Wanting the form, the smile, now veiled with dust, 
  The light departed with our loveliest face! 
Yet from thy bonds, [undying hope springs]2 free -- 
We have but lent our beautiful to thee ! 

But thou, O Heaven ! keep, keep what Thou hast taken, 
  And with our treasure keep our hearts on high ! 
The spirit [meek]3, and yet by pain unshaken, 
  The faith, the love, the lofty constancy.' 
Guide us where these are with our sister flown,  --
They were of Thee, and thou hast claimed thine own ! 

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1 in another version, "holiest"
2 in another version, "our sorrow's hope is"
3 in another version: "weak"


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

  • by A. J. H. , "Dirge", published 1876-1898 [voice and piano], from Ten songs, no. 6, London : Novello, Ewer; reprinted in Women composers: from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1998 [
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