When Moonlight Falls

"When Moonlight Falls" is the first song from Gardner Read's Four Nocturnes, op. 23 and sets Hilda Conkling's poetry to music.

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

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When Moonlight Falls

by Hilda Conkling


When moonlight falls on the water     

It is like fingers touching the chords of a harp     

on a misty, misty day. When moonlight strikes the water     

I cannot get it into my poem;     

I only hear the tinkle of ripplings of light.     

When I see the water’s fingers     

and the moon’s rays intertwined,     

I think of all the words I love to hear,     

and try to find words white enough for such shining.  


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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