Each on his own strict line we move, And some find death ere they find love; So far apart their lives are thrown From the twin soul which halves their own. And sometimes, by still harder fate, The lovers meet, but meet too late. -- Thy heart is mine! -- True, true! ah, true! -- Then, love, thy hand! -- Ah no! adieu!
H. Gál sets lines 1-6
About the headline (FAQ)First published in Empedocles on Etna, and Other Poems, 1852.
- by Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888), "Too late", appears in Poems, in Faded Leaves, no. 2, first published 1855 [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 Ivor Algernon Atkins (1869 - 1953), "Too late", published , rev. 1925 [voice and piano], London: Novello [ sung text not verified ]
- by Hans Gál (1890 - 1987), "Elegy", op. 77 no. 5 (1951), published 1960, lines 1-6 [soprano or mezzo-soprano solo, three-part women's chorus, and strings], from Of a Summer Day, no. 5, Association of American Choruses, Philadelphia [ sung text verified 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2010-02-07
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