Cloud and Sun

by Julian Philips From The Country of Larks (2021)

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Cloud and Sun
English source: Robert Louis Stevenson

A pall of grey cloud covered the sky,
reacted on the colour of the landscape.
near at hand
the hedgerow trees
still fairly green,
shot through
with bright autumnal yellows,
The sun came out
before I had been long on my way;
as I had got to the top of the ascent,
now threading a labyrinth of confined bye-roads,
my whole view brightened in colour;
only the distance
grey and cold,
the distance
I could see no longer.

Based on Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Autumn Effect' (1875)


Julian Philips

Julian Philips (born 1969) is a British composer.


Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist and travel writer, most noted for Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and A Child's Garden of Verses. Born and educated in Edinburgh,…

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