By The Spring, At Sunset

"By The Spring, At Sunset" is the first song of Jake Heggie's song cycle Of Laughter and Farewell. Please see song cycle page for further details.

Date: 2013Composer: Jake HeggieText: Vachel LindsaySong Collection: Of Laughter and Farewell

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By the Spring, at Sunset
by Vachel Lindsay

Sometimes we remember kisses,
Remember the dear heart-leap when they came:
Not always, but sometimes we remember
The kindness, the dumbness, the good flame
Of laughter and farewell.
Beside the road
Afar from those who said “Good-by” I write,
Far from my city task, my lawful load.

Sun in my face, wind beside my shoulder,
Streaming clouds, banners of new-born night
Enchant me now. The splendors growing bolder
Make bold my soul for some new wise delight.

I write the day’s event, and quench my drouth,
Pausing beside the spring with happy mind.
And now I feel those kisses on my mouth,
Hers most of all, one little friend most kind.

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