Evening Scene (Edward Elgar)
- Editor: Burkhart M. Schürmann (submitted 2013-06-18). Score information: A4, 6 pages, 116 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
First published: 1905
Description: "In Memory of R. G. W. Howson"
Original text and translations
1 The sheep-bell tolleth curfew-time;
The gnats, a busy rout,
Fleck the warm air; the dismal owl
Shouteth a sleepy shout;
The voiceless bat, more felt than seen,
Is flitting round about.
2 The aspen leaflets scarcely stir:
The river seems to think:
Athwart the dusk, broad primroses
Look coldly from the brink,
Where, list'ning to the freshet's noise,
The quiet cattle drink.
3 The bees boom past, the white moths rise
Like spirits from the ground;
The gray flies hum their weary tune,
A distant-dream-like sound;
And far, far off to the slumb'rous eve,
Bayeth an old guard-hound.