Slow, slow, fresh fount, keep time with...
Slow, slow, fresh fount, keep time with my salt tears:
[Yet slower, yet; O faintly,]1 gentle springs:
List to the heavy part the music bears,
Woe weeps out her [division]2 when she sings.
Droop herbs and flowers,
Fall grief in showers,
Our [beauties are]3 not ours;
[O, I could still,]4
Like melting snow upon some craggy hill,
[Drop, drop, drop, drop,]5
Since [nature's]6 pride is, now, a withered daffodil.
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1 Horsley: "O slower yet, O fainter"
2 Horsley: "division"
3 Horsley: "beauty is"
4 Quilter: "Or I could still"; Horsley: "O could I still"
5 Horsley: "Fall down, fall down."
6 Horsley: "summer's"
Submitted by Ted Perry
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text),
listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
by Seymour Barab (b. 1921)
, "Slow, slow, fresh fount" [soprano, clarinet, and piano], from Bits and Pieces, no. 1, ECS Publishing
by Leslie R. Bassett (b. 1923)
, "Slow, slow fresh fount", published c1966, from To Music, no. 1.
by John Eaton (b. 1935)
, "Song", from Songs for Ursula, no. 1.
by Miriam Gideon (1906 - 1996)
, "Slow, slow, fresh fount", 1941. [SATB chorus or TTBB chorus]
by Daron Aric Hagen (b. 1961)
, "Echo's song", from Echo's songs, no. 4.
by William Horsley (1774 - 1858)
, "Slow fresh fount", 1811. [partsong]
by Will Ogdon (b. 1921)
, "Slow, slow fresh fount", 1950 [baritone and piano], from Three Baritone Songs, no. 2.
by Daniel Rogers Pinkham (1923 - 2006)
, "Slow, slow fresh fount"
by Roger Quilter (1877 - 1953)
, "By a fountainside", op. 12 no. 6 (1907), published 1908 [voice and piano], from Seven Elizabethan Lyrics, no. 6, London, Boosey
by Ned Rorem (b. 1923)
, "Echo's song"
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