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At that hour when all things have repose, O lonely watcher of the skies, Do you hear the night wind and the sighs Of harps playing unto Love to unclose The pale gates of sunrise? When all things repose, do you alone Awake to hear the sweet harps play To Love before him on his way, And the night wind answering in antiphon Till night is overgone? Play on, invisible harps, unto Love, Whose way in heaven is aglow At that hour when soft lights come and go, Soft sweet music in the air above And in the earth below.
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- by James Joyce (1882 - 1941), no title, appears in Chamber Music, no. 3, first published 1907 [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 William A. Billingsley (b. 1922), "At that hour when all things have repose" [tenor and piano], from James Joyce Songs [text not verified]
- by Matthew Emery (b. 1991), "At that hour", from Four Settings of James Joyce, no. 4. [text verified 1 time]
- by Ross Lee Finney (1906 - 1997), "At that hour when all things have repose", 1952, published 1985, first performed 1975 [voice and piano], from Chamber Music, no. 3, Henmar Press [text not verified]
- by Hugo Kauder (1888 - 1972), "At that hour", published 1955 [soprano, alto, and tenor soli, and string quartet], from Ten Poems [text not verified]
- by Tom Vernon Ritchie (b. 1922), "At that hour when all things have repose" [voice and string quartet or piano], from Serenade [text not verified]
- by Barry Seaman (b. 1946), "At that hour when all things have repose", 1981 [voice and piano], from Chamber Music Book I, no. 2. [text not verified]
- by Irwin Spector (b. 1916), "At that hour when all things have repose" [medium voice, oboe, viola, and piano], from Songs of Love and Music [text not verified]
- by John David White (b. 1931), "At that hour when all things have repose" [alto or baritone and piano], from Three Joyce Songs [text not verified]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2008-01-24
Line count: 15
Word count: 100
À cette heure où toute chose se repose Ô veilleur solitaire des cieux, Entends-tu le vent de la nuit et les soupirs Des harpes jouant pour l'Amour pour fermer Les portes pâles du lever du soleil ? Quand toute chose repose es-tu seul À t'éveiller pour entendre les harpes douces jouer Pour l'Amour devant lui sur son chemin, Et le vent de la nuit répondant en antienne Jusqu'à ce que la nuit s'achève ? Continuez à jouer, harpes invisibles, pour l'Amour, Dont le chemin vers le ciel est embrasé À cette heure où vont et viennent des lumières douces, Une tendre et douce musique dans l'air en haut Et sur la terre en bas.
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- Translation from English to French (Français) copyright © 2009 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
- a text in English by James Joyce (1882 - 1941), no title, appears in Chamber Music, no. 3, first published 1907
This text was added to the website: 2009-11-07
Line count: 15
Word count: 114