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The hill pines were sighing

Language: English

The hill pines were sighing, 
O'ercast and chill was the day: 
A mist in the valley lying 
Blotted the pleasant May. 

But deep in the glen's bosom 
Summer slept in the fire 
Of the odorous gorse-blossom 
And the hot scent of the brier. 

A ribald cuckoo clamoured, 
And out of the copse the stroke 
Of the iron axe that hammered 
The iron heart of the oak.


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

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