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  Softly The Breezes
(from Eight Romances, I.)

for Solo Soprano and

duration 1¾'

Commissioned by: Michael Paine
World Premiere: 1995, Buckinghamshire, England

Play Audio
Sali Davies, Soprano; Michael Paine, Piano
(complete song, 693k mp3)

First Page of Score

Softly the breezes from the forest came,
Softly they blew aside the taper's flame;
Clear was the song from Philomel's far bower;
Grateful the incense from the lime-tree flower;
Mysterious, wild, the far heard trumpet's tone;
Lovely the moon in ether, all alone:
Sweet too the converse of these happy mortals,
As that of busy spirits when the portals
Are closing in the west; or that soft humming
We hear around when Hesperus is coming.
Sweet be their sleep...

                                           John Keats ( from "Calidore")