"Nocturne" is the first song from Gardner Read's Songs for a Rainy Night, op. 48 and sets Frances Frost's poetry to music.

Date: 1940Composer: Gardner ReadText: Frances FrostSong Collection: Songs for a Rainy Night, op. 48

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by Frances Frost


Never a second time this rain, this night.

Never a second time this tree, mist-blown,

Nor this gray light so quick upon the heart;

What things are known briefly, what things touch

The moment into flame, and die,

being too much for the taut heart to bear?

Never these things twice, never a second time

Beauty’s rain-wet lips upon the hair


Gardner Read: The Art of Song

(William Blake, Frances Frost, James Joyce, Gardner Read, Henry Russell, Rabindranath Tagore and Jean Starr Untermeyer)


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