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On Soundless Wings Two Poems of Walter de la Mare

David Lewiston Sharpe


Scoring High Voice Piano Duration: 4 mins approx. ________ The Scribe What lovely things Thy hand hath made: The smooth-plumed bird In its emerald shade, The seed of the grass, The speck of the stone Which the wayfaring ant Stirs – and hastes on! Though I should sit By some tarn in thy hills, Using its ink As the spirit wills To write of Earth's wonders, Its live, willed things, Flit would the ages On soundless wings Ere unto Z My pen drew nigh Leviathan told, And the honey-fly: And still would remain My wit to try – My worn reeds broken, The dark tarn dry, All words forgotten – Thou, Lord, and I. Autumn (November) There is a wind where the rose was, Cold rain where sweet grass was, And clouds like sheep Stream o'er the steep Grey skies where the lark was. Nought warm where your hand was, Nought gold where your hair was, But phantom, forlorn, Beneath the thorn, Your ghost where your face was. Cold wind where your voice was, Tears, tears where my heart was, And ever with me, Child, ever with me, Silence where hope was. Walter de la Mare (1873–1956)


On Soundless Wings Two Poems of Walter de la Mare Walter de la Mare

David Lewiston Sharpe

1. The Scribe Lentorello

 q= 68  

    

  

mp

  ten.                                    p cresc. molto dim. p                           What love - ly things

  

   

5

  

poco più f

 

Thy hand hath

   made: The smooth- plumed bird In its em - er - ald shade,                                                                   3



    

  

9

meno f (‘sotto voce’)

 

3           3

The seed of the



            mp     

grass,

        

The speck of the

        

                               stone

Music copyright © 2005 by David Lewiston Sharpe

Which the way - far - ing


2

  

 

13

   p

ant

   

 

Stirs –

   

16

  

 

 

Subito meno mosso

and

  p

  hastes

 

sit

 

   

 

   

By

    

some

tarn

 

  

   

  

 

 

on!

 

mp sostenuto

Though I should

      poco mf         



    

   

dim.

mp sostenuto

 

cresc.

 

pp

  

20

poco accel.

poco

  

   

dim.

   

                                            cresc.                                       in thy hills,

U

-

sing

its

ink

As the


3

    

24

A tempo (meno mosso)

 

cresc.

poco mf

                   spi - rit

wills

  

       

 

 

    

meno f cresc.

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

Its

  

  

         

live,

          

 

                 mp

   

On sound - less

To

 

write

 

poco mf

 



dim.

of

   



 Earth’s



won -

ders,

 

       

 

       

p

  

mp cresc.

   

                 

things,

Flit would the

    

                

32

a - ges

willed

 

wings

                

           poco f                                     


4

 

35

poco rit.

Espansivo

                

  

39

 nigh

3     

 

A tempo

still would

      mp

 



 

       

 

43

    p dim.   

Le - vi - a - than

   

Ere un - to

mp

         

    p

pp

re - main



  

  

told,

  sostenuto     

 

Z[ed]

        

      

My

p

 

   

cresc.

 

 

    

           

   3     My

  

And the

  

          

 

wit

to try –

       

 pen

 

 drew

 

dim.

  

poco accel. mp

        ho - ney - fly:  And             

pp dolciss.

My

worn

 

 reeds

    

sub. pp dolciss.

 

 

   


5

    

47

bro

-

ken,

  



The

               poco cresc.            

51

mp

 

      dark

tarn

 

 

   

 

      p

All words for - got - ten –

  

 Thou,

  

 dry,

                              

   Lord, and I.

                                p dim.                        

dim.

 


6

2. Autumn (November) Poco vivo ma struggimento q = 82

    

                     più cresc. poco mf legato                                                         

   

5

mf espr.

There

 

is

a



 

wind

where the

                                      poco cresc. mp                                                dim. molto

    

9

rose



was,

  

meno f

Cold

 rain

  where

                                      dim. poco cresc. p                                       


7

    

13

sweet



grass

  



was,

 

And clouds like

                                       poco più cresc.

dim.

    

   

    

17

sheep

dim.

                               

 

dim.

 

Stream o’er

the

ten.

ten.



steep



Grey

                                                                                 

     

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ten.

skies

    where

the

lark

dim.

 was.

  

                                                      


8

   

25

più lirico p



                          Nought

           poco più cresc. dim.                                          

     

29

  

warm

where your hand

was,

più f

 

 

Nought



  

gold

where your

                                                poco cresc.                              

    

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dim.

hair

       

 was,

  

poco mf

But

phan - tom,

                         dim. poco                  



 

  

for -

    

 

 


9

    

  

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- lorn,

Be - neath

  



the

thorn,

                       

 

p scuro

Your

 

poco cresc.

         p scuro

                                        

    

41

ghost

 



where your

face



dim.

  

was.

                                    cresc. poco  mp delicato                            

   

45

      

   

        

p mesto

  



                          p espr. emesto                         Cold

wind

where your


10

    

49

  



voice

was,

strugg. molto

Tears,



tears

where my

                                     dim. molto

p colla voce                                           

ten.      

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dim.



heart

was,

 

cresc.

And

  e - ver



   

with me, Child,

e - ver

                       dim.   p                                              

             

     

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ten.

with

me,

              

p ten.

Si

  

      

  -

più dim.

lence

 

  

 

 

 

poco f espr. molto



where

 

hope

  was.

 

 



 

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David Lewiston Sharpe - On Soundless Wings  

Two Poems of Walter de la Mare - for high voice and piano

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Two Poems of Walter de la Mare - for high voice and piano

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