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by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)
Come, let me sing into your ear
Available translation(s): FRE
Come, let me sing into your ear; Those dancing days are gone, All that silk and satin gear; Crouch upon a stone, Wrapping that foul body up In as foul a rag: I carry the sun in a golden cup. The moon in a silver bag. Curse as you may I sing it through; What matter if the knave That the most could pleasure you, The children that he gave, Are somewhere sleeping like a top Under a marble flag? I carry the sun in a golden cup. The moon in a silver bag. I thought it out this very day. Noon upon the clock, A man may put pretence away Who leans upon a stick, May sing, and sing until he drop, Whether to maid or hag: I carry the sun in a golden cup, The moon in a silver bag.
About the headline (FAQ)First published in London Mercury, November 1930, revised 1932
- by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), "A song for music: Those dancing days are gone" [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 Peter George Aston (b. 1938), "Those dancing days are gone", published 1964 [unaccompanied soprano], from Five Songs of Crazy Jane [text not verified]
- by Jolyon Brettingham Smith (1949 - 2008), "Dancing days", op. 13, published 1975 [soprano, tambourine, flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, trumpet, harp, piano, string quartet, and percussion], Berlin, Bote & Bock [text not verified]
- by John Huggler (b. 1928), "Come, let me sing into your ear", 1958. [coloratura soprano, clarinet, viola, and violoncello] [text not verified]
- by Raymond Warren (b. 1928), "Those dancing days are gone", published 1971 [baritone and piano], from Songs of Old Age [text not verified]
- by Douglas Young (b. 1947), "Those dancing days are gone", 1970-3 [tenor and violoncello], from Realities [text not verified]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
This text was added to the website: 2009-01-20
Line count: 24
Word count: 142