The Moon

"The Moon" is the final song from Gardner Read's Four Nocturnes, op. 23 and sets W. H. Davies' poetry to music.

Composer: Gardner ReadSong Collection: Four Nocturnes, op. 23

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The Moon

by W. H. Davies


Thy beauty haunts me heart and soul,     

O thou fair moon, so close and bright;     

Thy beauty makes me like the child     

That cries aloud to own thy light;     

The little child that lifts each arm     

To press thee to her bosom warm.     

Though there are birds that sing this night,     

With thy white beams across their throats,     

Let my deep silence speak for me     

More than for them their sweetest notes;     

Who worships thee ’till music fails     

Is greater than thy nightingales.


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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