Dirge in woods (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)

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  • CPDL #16590:         (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2008-04-12).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 55 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Dirge in Woods
Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Lyricist: George Meredith


Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Tenor solo
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

{{Pub|1|1907|

Description: English Lyrics Set 8 No. 4.

  1. Whence
  2. Nightfall in Winter
  3. Marian
  4. Dirge in woods
  5. Looking backward
  6. Grapes

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

A wind sways the pines,
And below
Not a breath of wild air;
Still as the mosses that glow
On the flooring and over the lines
Of the roots here and there.
The pine-tree drops its dead;
They are quiet, as under the sea.
Overhead, overhead
Rushes life in a race,
As the clouds the clouds chase;
And we go,
And we drop like the fruits of the tree,
Even we,
Even so.

Lyrics: George Meredith - (1828-1909), Dirge in woods, from Fortnightly Review - (August 1870)