The infinite shining heavens (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

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Contributor: David Newman (submitted 2008-06-08).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 164 kB    Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Cross posting by Art Song Central.

General Information

Title: The Infinite Shining Heavens
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Lyricist: Robert Louis Stevenson

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Baritone solo
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1907

Description: "The Infinite Shining Heavens" is Number 6 in the set of nine songs called "Songs of Travel".

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Original text and translations

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The infinite shining heavens
Rose, and I saw in the night
Uncountable angel stars
Showering sorrow and light.

I saw them distant as heaven,
Dumb and shining and dead,
And the idle stars of the night
Were dearer to me than bread.

Night after night in my sorrow
The stars looked over the sea,
Till lo! I looked in the dusk
And a star had come down to me.