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Solitude

by Elizabeth Maconchy From Sun, Moon and Stars (1978)

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Text

Solitude
English source: Thomas Traherne

How desolate!
Ah how forlorn, how desolate.
How sadly did I stand
When in the field my woeful state I felt!
Not all the land,
Not all the skies
Tho’ heaven shined before mine eyes,
Could comfort yield in any field to me.
Nor could my mind contentment find or see;
Felicity! O where? O where?
Shall I thee find to ease my mind! O where?

Composer

Elizabeth Maconchy

Study event exploring the life and work of Elizabeth Maconchy. Filmed in March 2022 by TallWall Media.    COMPOSER BIOGRAPHY Elizabeth Maconchy was born in Hertfordshire, England, but raised near Dublin, Ireland, before moving to London aged…

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