Silently she's combing, Combing her long hair, Silently and graciously, With many a pretty air. The sun is in the willow leaves And on the dappled grass, And still she's combing her long hair Before the looking-glass. I pray you, cease to comb out, Comb out your long hair, For I have heard of witchery Under a pretty air, That makes as one thing to the lover Staying and going hence, All fair, with many a pretty air And many a negligence.
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- by James Joyce (1882 - 1941), no title, appears in Chamber Music, no. 24, first published 1907 [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 David Arditti (b. 1964), "Silently she's combing", op. 20 no. 15 (1998) [ tenor and string quartet ], from Chamber Music, no. 15 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Jeffrey Cohen (b. 1957), "Silently she's combing" [ soprano and cello ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Ross Lee Finney (1906 - 1997), "Silently she's combing", 1952, published 1985, first performed 1975 [ voice and piano ], from Chamber Music, no. 24, Henmar Press [sung text not yet checked]
- by Tibor Serly (1901 - 1978), "Silently she's combing", 1927 [ mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra ], from Four Songs from "Chamber Music"  [sung text not yet checked]
- by Rick Sowash (b. 1950), "Silently she's combing,", 1998 [ mezzo-soprano, viola, clarinet, flute, and piano ], from Along the River, no. 4 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by (Thomas) Gerard Victory (1921 - 1995), "Silently she's combing", 1954 [ tenor, SATB chorus, and instrumental ensemble ], from Five Songs by James Joyce [sung text not yet checked]
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