How happy for the woodbirds on the branches above To flutter together and warble their love! How I wish we were like them beneath the blue sky! But ‘tis far, far we are parted, my fond love and I. O Fortune let the birdies alone on the tree And fetch wings and feathers for Mary and me, That we soon may go darting across the salt tide, And fly singing together in green Malahide.
- by Alfred Perceval Graves (1846 - 1931), "How happy for the woodbirds" [author's text not yet checked 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 Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir (1852 - 1924), "How happy for the woodbirds", published [1882?] [voice and piano], from the collection Songs of Old Ireland. A Collection of Fifty Irish Melodies Unknown in England, no. 21, arrangement ; London, Boosey & Co. ; dedicated to Johannes Brahms, August 1882 [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Mike Pearson
This text was added to the website: 2015-04-08
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