IN CITY PENT
Set by John Mitchell (1941-) op. 62 (1986), from Three Sonnets of Keats, no. 2.
Text by John Keats (1795-1821)
To one who has been long in city pent
'Tis very sweet to look into the fair
And open face of heaven, -to breathe a prayer
Full in the smile of the blue firmament.
Who is more happy, when, with heart's content,
Fatigued he sinks into some pleasant lair
Of wavy grass, and reads a gentle tale
Of love and languishment?
Returning home at evening, with an ear
Catching the notes of Philomel, -an eye
Watching the sailing cloudlet's bright career,
He mourns that day so soon has glided by,
E'en like the passage of an angel's tear
That falls thru the clear ether silently.
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