Knew not the Sun, sweet Violet, The while he gleaned the snow, That thou in darkness [sepulchred]1, Wast slumbering below? Or spun a splendour of surprise Around him to behold [thee]2 rise? Saw not the Star, sweet Violet, What time a drop of dew Let fall his image from the sky Into thy deeper blue? Nor waxed he tremulous and dim When rival Dawn supplanted him? And dreamest thou, sweet Violet, That I, the vanished Star, The Dewdrop, and the morning Sun Thy closest kinsmen are - So near that, waking or asleep, We each and all thine image keep?
Confirmed with John B. Tabb, Poems by John B. Tabb, London: John Lane, Boston: Copeland and Day, Cambridge: University Press/John Wilson and Son, 1894, page 31.1 omitted by Fairchild
2 Fairchild: "him"
- by John Banister Tabb (1845 - 1909), "Brotherhood", first published 1894 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Blair Fairchild (1877 - 1933), "Brotherhood", op. 13 no. 3. [vocal duet for soprano and mezzo-soprano with piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
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