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Your hands lie open in the long fresh...

Language: English

Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass, -
The finger-points look through like rosy blooms:
Your eyes smile peace. The pasture gleams and glooms
'Neath billowing [clouds]1 that scatter and amass.

All round our nest, far as the eye can pass,
Are golden kingcup fields with silver edge
Where the cow-parsley skirts the hawthorn hedge.
'Tis visible silence, still as the hour glass.

Deep in the sunsearched growths the dragon-fly
Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky: -
So this winged hour is dropt to us from above.
Oh! clasp we to our hearts, for deathless dower,
This close-companioned inarticulate hour
When twofold silence was the song of love.



Translation(s): SPA CAT

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1 Vaughan Williams: "skies"

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * SPA Spanish (Mercedes Vivas) , title 1: "Mediodía silencioso", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * CAT Catalan (Sílvia Pujalte Piñán) , title 1: "Migdia silenciós", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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