This is one of a series of posts about books used as source material for Art Song Central.
- When I bring to you colour’d toys
- On the day when death will knock at thy door
- The Sleep that flits on Baby’s Eyes
- I am like a Remnant of a Cloud of Autumn
- On the Seashore of Endless Worlds
- Light, My Light
The original sheet music had a decorative border around the music which has been removed for presentation here. They can be seen in a complete version available at Google Books.
Each poem was printed separately before its setting. Additionally, there were two poems in the published sheet music that were not set to music; one at the beginning, and one at the end. They are presented here in order:
I believe in the deep blue sky and the smiling water.
I can see through the clouds of the sky and I am not afraid of the waves of the sea.
I believe in the living friendship given by flowers and trees;–outwardly they die, but in the heart they live forever.
Little paths through green woods I love, and the sound of leaves on the ground, or of a nut falling, or even of a breaking twig.
I believe that the days to come already feel the wonder of the days that have passed, and will permit that wonder to endure and increase.
I believe in and love my belief in, and my love for, all of these things; and most of all I believe in and love The Source of my belief and of my love.
The song that I came to sing remains unsung to this day. I have spent my days in stringing and unstringing my instrument.
The time has not come true, the words have not been rightly set; only there is the agony of wishing in my heart.