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As imperceptibly as grief The Summer lapsed away -- Too imperceptible, at last, To seem like Perfidy -- A Quietness distilled As Twilight long begun, Or Nature spending with herself Sequestered Afternoon -- The Dusk drew earlier in -- The morning foreign shone -- A courteous, yet harrowing Grace, As Guest, [that]1 would be gone -- And thus, without a Wing Or service of a Keel Our Summer made her light escape Into the Beautiful.
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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), "Summer's lapse", alternate title: "As imperceptibly as grief", c1960-74. [soprano, piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Martin Butler (b. 1960), "The summer lapsed away", published 1985 [soprano, clarinet, and piano], from Three Emily Dickinson Songs, no. 1, Oxford, Oxford University Press [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Richard Layton Kent (b. 1916), "As imperceptibly as grief", published 1966 [SSA chorus and piano], from Autumn songs, no. 2, New York: Lawson-Gould [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by André Previn (1929 - 2019), "As imperceptibly as grief", 1999, first performed 1999 [soprano and piano], from Three Dickinson Songs, no. 1. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Wim de Ruiter (b. 1943), "As imperceptibly as grief", 1983. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Robert W. Thygerson , "As imperceptibly as grief", published 1980. [SSA chorus and piano] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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 © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Aussi imperceptible qu'un Chagrin L'Été a disparu -- Trop imperceptible à la fin Pour ressembler à une Perfidie -- Une tranquillité se distillait Comme si un long Crépuscule commençait Ou si la Nature passait avec elle-même Un Après-midi isolé. Le Soir tombait plus tôt Le Matin brillai en étranger Une grâce Courtoise mais Comme un Invité qui partirait Et donc sans une Aile Ou le service d'une quille Notre Été a fait sa fuite légère Dans la Beauté.
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- a text in English by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems by Emily Dickinson, first published 1891
This text was added to the website: 2009-11-15
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