"When I was just as far as I could walk From here to-day, There was an hour All still When leaning with my head against a flower I heard you talk. Don't say I didn't, for I heard you say - You spoke from that flower on the window sill - Do you remember what it was you said?" "First tell me what it was you thought you heard." "Having found the flower and driven a bee away, I leaned my head, And holding by the stalk, I listened and I thought I caught the word - What was it? Did you call me by my name? Or did you say - Someone said 'Come' - I heard it as I bowed." "I may have thought as much, but not aloud." "Well, so I came."
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- by Robert Frost (1874 - 1963), "The telephone", appears in Mountain Interval, first published 1916 [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 Robert Fairfax Birch (b. 1917), "Voices", op. 34 no. 3, published 1959 [ baritone, mezzo-soprano, piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Randall Thompson (1899 - 1984), "The telephone", published 1959 [ SAATTBB chorus and piano ], from Frostiana [sung text not yet checked]
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