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Amabel Op. 16


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Before and After Summer (Songcycle) (Op. 16)


Amabel

I marked her ruined hues,
Her custom-straitened views,
And asked, ‘Can there indwell
My Amabel?’
I looked upon her gown,
Once rose, now earthen brown;
The change was like the knell
Of Amabel.
Her step’s mechanic ways
Had lost the life of May’s;
Her laugh, once sweet in swell,
Spoilt Amabel.
I mused: ‘Who sings the strain
I sang ere warmth did wane?
Who thinks its numbers spell
His Amabel?’—
Knowing that, though Love cease,
Love’s race shows no decrease;
All find in dorp or dell
An Amabel.
—I felt that I could creep
To some housetop, and weep
That Time the tyrant fell
Ruled Amabel!
I said (the while I sighed
That love like ours had died),
‘Fond things I’ll no more tell
To Amabel,
‘But leave her to her fate,
And fling across the gate,
“Till the Last Trump, farewell,
O Amabel!”’

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Composer

Gerald Raphael Finzi was a British composer. He is best known as a choral composer, but also wrote in other genres.


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Poet

Thomas Hardy (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William Wordsworth. He was highly critical of much in Victorian society, especially on the declining status of rural people in Britain, such as those from his native South West England.

While Hardy wrote poetry throughout his life and regarded himself primarily as a poet, his first collection was not published until 1898. Initially, therefore, he gained fame as the author of such novels as Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891), and Jude the Obscure (1895). During his lifetime, Hardy's poetry was acclaimed by younger poets (particularly the Georgians) who viewed him as a mentor. After his death his poems were lauded by Ezra Pound, W. H. Auden and Philip Larkin.

Read some of his poetry here. You can browse, read, and download his novels for free here on Gutenberg Press. If you prefer listening to audiobooks, you can find his books read aloud for free here, on Librivox.

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