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by Francis Ledwidge (1891 - 1917)

Desire in Spring
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER SPA
I love the cradle-songs the mothers sing
   In lonely places when the twilight drops,
The slow, endearing melodies that bring
   Sleep to the weeping lids; and, when she stops,
   I love the roadside birds upon the tops
Of dusty hedges in a world of Spring.
And when the sunny rain drips from the edge
   Of mid-day wind, and meadows lean one way,
And a long whisper passes thro' the sedge,
   Beside the broken water let me stay,
   While these old airs upon my memory play,
And silent changes colour up the hedge.

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Sharon Krebs) (Maria M. Schnepp) , "Frühlingssehnsucht", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (José Miguel Llata) , "Deseo en primavera", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 92