Silent Noon (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
- Contributor: Paolo Pandolfo (submitted 2018-12-29). Score information: A4, 5 pages, 1.27 MB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: IMSLP scan of 1903 print
First published: 1903
Original text and translations
Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass,
The finger-points look through like rosy blooms:
Your eyes smile peace. The pasture gleams and glooms
'Neath billowing clouds that scatter and amass.
All round our nest, far as the eye can pass,
Are golden king-cup fields with silver edge
Where the cow-parsley skirts the hawthorn hedge.
'Tis visible silence, still as the hour glass.
Deep in the sun-searched growths the dragon-fly
Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky:
So this winged hour is dropt to us from above.
Oh! clasp we to our hearts, for deathless dower,
This close-companioned inarticulate hour
When twofold silence was the song of love.