Will the day be bright or cloudy? Sweetly has its dawn begun; But the heav'n may shake with thunder Ere the setting of the sun. Lady, watch Apollo's journey: Thus thy first born's course shall be If his beams through summer vapours Warm the earth all placidly, Her days will pass like a pleasant dream In sweet tranquillity. If it darken, if a shadow Quench his rays and summon rain, Flow'rs may open, buds may blossom: Bud and flow'r alike are vain; Her days shall pass a mournful story All in care and tears and pain. If the wind be fresh and free, The wide skies clear and cloudless blue, The woods and fields and golden flowers Sparkling in sunshine and in dew, Her days shall pass in Glory's light The world's dry desert through.
- by Emily Brontë (1818 - 1848) [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by John Mitchell (b. 1941), "Bright or cloudy", op. 71 (Seven Journeys to Earth), Heft 1 no. 4, published 1989. [text verified 1 time]
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