Fair as a Star (J. Guy Stalnaker)

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  • (Posted 2018-09-06)  CPDL #51222:       
Editor: J. Guy Stalnaker (submitted 2018-09-06).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 141 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Fair as a Star
Composer: J. Guy Stalnaker
Lyricist: William Wordsworth

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2018
Description: A setting of one of William Wordsworth's Lucy Poems: She dwelt among the untrodden ways, music inspired by Claude Debussy's piano prelude "La fille aux cheveux de Lin."

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Original text and translations

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Poems Volume I (1815) by William Wordsworth

She dwelt among the untrodden ways


She dwelt among the untrodden ways
 ⁠Beside the springs of Dove,
A Maid whom there were none to praise,
⁠ And very few to love.

A Violet by a mossy stone
⁠ Half-hidden from the eye!
—Fair as a star, when only one
 ⁠Is shining in the sky.

She lived unknown, and few could know
⁠ When Lucy ceased to be;
But she is in her Grave, and, oh,
⁠ The difference to me!