Down by the eastern gate The willow wood's astir; From dusk to dawn I wait Through the soundless hours for her, Till the morning star is shining. Down by the eastern gate The willow-thicket pales; From dusk to dawn I wait Till the last red lantern fails, And the morning star is shining.
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- by Launcelot Alfred Cranmer-Byng (1872 - 1945), "The nightlong tryst", appears in The Classics of Confucius. Book of Odes (Shi-King), London: John Murray, page 36, first published 1906 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
- a text in Chinese (中文) by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist, appears in Shi Jing (or Schi-King) - Classic of Poetry - Book of Songs -- Book of Odes -- Chinesische Liederbuch [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 (Mary) Frances Allitsen, née Bumpus (1848 - 1912), "The nightless [sic] tryst", published 1910 [voice and piano], from Four Songs from 'A Lute of Jade', no. 2, London: Weekes & Co. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866) ENG FRE ; composed by Josef Schelb.
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