Bright is the ring of words (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: Bright is the Ring of Words
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Lyricist: Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1905

Description: "Bright is the Ring of Words" is Number 8 in the set of nine songs called "Songs of Travel".

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Original text and translations

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Bright is the ring of words
When the right man rings them,
Fair the fall of songs
When the singer sings them,
Still they are carolled and said–
On wings they are carried–
After the singer is dead
And the maker buried.

Low as the singer lies
In the field of heather,
Songs of his fashion bring
The swains together.
And when the west is red
With the sunset embers,
The lover lingers and sings
And the maid remembers.