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Britten, Benjamin - The Evening Primrose

Britten, Benjamin

Uit: Five Flowersongs

The Evening Primrose

When once the sun sinks in the west, and dewdrops pearl the evening's breast;
almost as pale as moonbeams are, the evening primrose opes a new
its delicate blossoms to the dew.  
And, hermit-like, shunning the light, wastes its fair bloom upon the night;
who, blindfold to its fond caresses knows not the beauty he possesses.
Thus it blooms on while night is by; when day looks out with open eye,
'Bashed at the gaze it cannot shun, it faints and withers and is gone.

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