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Will there really be a morning? Is there such a thing as day? Could I see it from the mountains If I were as tall as they? Has it feet like water-lilies? Has it feathers like a bird? Is it brought from famous countries Of which I have never heard? Oh, some scholar! Oh, some sailor! Oh, some wise man from the skies! Please to tell a little pilgrim Where the place called morning lies!
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- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems by Emily Dickinson, first published 1891 [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 Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "Is there such a thing as day?", c1940, published 1944 [ medium voice and piano ], from Songs from Emily Dickinson: Nature Time and Space - Volume 1, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Gloria Coates (b. 1938), "Will there really be a morning?", from 15 Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson, no. 15 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Ricky Ian Gordon (b. 1956), "Will there really be a morning" [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Brian Holmes (b. 1946), "Will there really be a morning?" [ treble chorus and piano ], from Emily's Day, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Richard Hundley (1930 - 2018), "Will there really be a morning" [sung text not yet checked]
- by Lori Laitman (b. 1955), "Will there really be a morning?", 1996 [ soprano or mezzo-soprano and piano ], from Four Dickinson Songs, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Vincent Persichetti (1915 - 1987), "Out of the morning", op. 77 no. 1 (1957), published 1958 [ voice, piano ], from Emily Dickinson Songs, no. 1 [sung text not yet checked]
- by André Previn (1929 - 2019), "Will there really be a morning", 1999, first performed 1999 [ soprano and piano ], from Three Dickinson Songs, no. 2 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Valerie Saalbach (b. 1951), "Out of the Morning" [ voice and piano ], from Poems of Emily Dickinson, no. 5 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Charles Willeby (1865 - 1955), "Little pilgrim (A child's fancy)", published 1907 [sung text not yet checked]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:26
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Y aura-t-il vraiment un "matin" ? Y-a-t-il quelque chose comme un "Jour" ? Pourrais-je le voir depuis les montagnes Si j'étais aussi grande qu'elles ? A-t-il des pieds comme des Nénuphars ? A-t-il des plumes comme un Oiseau ? L'a-t-on apporté de pays renommés Dont je n'ai jamais entendu parler ? Oh, un Érudit ! Oh, un Marin ! Oh, un Homme Sage venu des cieux ! S'il vous plaît, dites à une petite Pèlerine Où l'endroit nommé "matin" se situe !
About the headline (FAQ)Translation of title "Will there really be a morning" = "Y aura-t-il vraiment un matin ?"
- 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 Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems by Emily Dickinson, first published 1891
Text added to the website: 2009-11-15 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-11-08 18:17:43
Line count: 12
Word count: 82