I woke in the midsummer not-to-call night in the white and the walk of the morning: The moon, dwindled and thinned to the fringe of a fingernail held to the candle, Or paring of paradisaical fruit, lovely in waning but lustreless Stepped from the stool, drew back from the barrow of dark Maenefa the mountain; A cusp yet clasped him, a fluke yet fanged him entangled him, not quite utterly. This was the prized, the desirable sight, unsought, presented so easily, Parted me leaf and leaf, divided me eyelid and eyelid of slumber.
- by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844 - 1889), "Moonrise", appears in Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, first published 1918 [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 Ernst Křenek (1900 - 1991), "Moonrise", op. 112 no. 4, published 1970 [ high voice and piano ], from Four Songs, no. 4, Bärenreiter, BA 4125 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Bernard Rands (b. 1934), "Moonrise", published 1980, first performed 1981 [ soprano and orchestra ], from Canti lunatici, no. 13, London : Universal Edition [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Donna N. Robertson (b. 1935), "Moonrise", 1969 [ SATB chorus a cappella ], from Five Odes to God in Nature on Poems by Gerard M. Hopkins, choral suite [sung text not yet checked]
- by Russell Woollen (1923 - 1994), "Moonrise", 1959, first performed 1959 [ high voice and piano ], from Suite for High Voice, no. 1 [sung text not yet checked]
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