In time of silver rain The earth Puts forth new life again, Green grasses grow And flowers lift their heads, And over all the plain The wonder spreads Of life, of life, of life! In time of silver rain The butterflies Lift silken wings To catch a rainbow cry, And trees put forth New leaves to sing In joy beneath the sky As down the roadway Passing boys and girls Go singing, too, In time of silver rain When spring And life Are new.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "In time of silver rain", appears in Fields of Wonder, first published 1947 [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 Jean Berger, né Arthur Schloßberg (1909 - 2002), "In time of silver rain", published 1951 [ voice and piano ], from Four Songs, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Robert Owens (1925 - 2017), "In time of silver rain", op. 11 no. 1 [ tenor and piano ], from Silver Rain, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Howard Swanson (1907 - 1978), "In time of silver rain", published 1950 [ high voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
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