Earth could not answer; nor the Seas that mourn In flowing Purple, of their Lord forlorn; Nor Heav'n, with those eternal Signs reveal'd And hidden by the sleeve of Night and Morn.
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- by Edward Fitzgerald (1809 - 1883), no title, appears in The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, Second Edition, no. 36, first published 1868 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
- a text in Persian (Farsi) by Hakim Omar Khayyám (c1048 - c1122) [text unavailable]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Granville Ransome Bantock, Sir (1868 - 1946), "Earth could not answer; nor the Seas that mourn", published 1906 [ soli, chorus, and orchestra ], from Omar Khayyám, Part I, no. 33, Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel [sung text not yet checked]
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- Also set in English, a translation by Edward Fitzgerald (1809 - 1883) , appears in The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, Third Edition, no. 33, appears in The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, Fourth Edition, no. 33 ; composed by Henry Houseley.
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This text was added to the website: 2011-06-20
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