He Wishes His Beloved Were Dead (op. 40, no. 5)

"He Wishes His Beloved Were Dead" is the fifth song of Lowell Liebermann's song cycle A Poet to His Beloved,, op. 40.

Date: 1993Composer: Lowell LiebermannText: William Butler YeatsSong Collection: A Poet to His Beloved, op. 40

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He Wishes His Beloved Were Dead

By William Butler Yeats


Were you lying cold and dead,

And lights were paling out of the West,

You would come hither, and bend your head,

And I would lay my head on your breast;

And you would murmur tender words,

Forgiving me, because you were dead:

Nor would you rise and hasten away,

Though you have the will of the wild birds,

But know your hair was bound and wound

About the stars and moon and sun:

O would, beloved, that you lay

Under the dock-leaves in the ground,

While lights were paling one by one.


Liebermann: Complete Chamber Music For Flute

(Lowell Liebermann and William Butler Yeats)


Songs of Lowell Liebermann

(Lowell Liebermann)

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