I am a cloud in the heaven's height, The stars are lit for my delight, Tireless and changeful, swift and free, I cast my shadow on hill and sea -- But why do the pines on the mountain's crest Call to me [always]1, "Rest, rest?" I throw my mantle over the moon And I blind the sun on his throne at noon, Nothing can tame me, nothing [can]1 bind, I am [a]2 child of the heartless wind -- But oh the pines on the mountain's crest Whispering always, "Rest, rest."
1 omitted by Maliverney
2 Maliverney: "the"
- by Sara Teasdale (1884 - 1933), "The cloud", first published <<1915 [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 Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "The cloud", 2013 [mezzo-soprano and piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by John Woods Duke (1899 - 1984), "The cloud" [three-part women's chorus and piano] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Irene V. Maliverney (flourished 1930s), "The Cloud" [voice and piano], unpublished [ sung text checked 1 time]
Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2011-02-08
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