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To lie on my back

by Michael Tippett From Boyhood's End (1943)

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Text

To lie on my back
English source: William Henry Hudson

To lie on my back on the rust-brown grass in January,
to gaze up at the white-hot whitey-blue sky,
peopled with millions and myriads of glist’ning balls of thistledown,
ever floating by.
To gaze and gaze, until they are to me living things,
and I, in an ecstasy am with them,
floating in that immense shining void!

Composer

Michael Tippett

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett was an English composer who rose to prominence during and immediately after the Second World War.

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