Ariette (op. 1, no. 4)


"Ariette" sets the poetry of the English poet Percy Shelley. This song is the fourth song of her Four Songs, Op. 1 of 1886.

by Percy Bysshe Shelley

As the moon's soft splendor
O'er the faint, cold starlight of heaven
Is thrown,
So thy voice most tender
To the strings without soul has given
Its own.

The stars will awaken,
Though the moon sleep a full hour later
No leaf will be shaken
Whilst the dews of thy melody scatter

Though the sound overpowers,
Sing again,
With thy sweet voice revealing
A tone of some world far from ours,
Where music and moonlight and feeling
Are one.

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