Down by the Salley Gardens

(1980)

"Down by the Salley Gardens" is the first song of David Leisner's song cycle O Love is the Crooked Thing.

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The audio selection in the player to the right features William Alvarado, baritone, and Kate Bowen, piano. The recording is from a live performance in Boston, 1998. Used with the permission of the composer. To listen, please click on the track name itself.

Down by the Salley Gardens
by William Butler Yeats


Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet;
She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree.


In a field by the river my love and I did stand,
And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.


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