Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
|by Alfred, Lord Tennyson|
|First published in||The Princess: A Medley|
|Read online||Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal at Wikisource|
The poem has been set to music several times, including settings by Benjamin Britten, Roger Quilter, Ned Rorem,Mychael Danna and Paul Mealor. It also appeared as a song in the 2004 film Vanity Fair (based on Thackeray's novel from 1848), sung by the character Becky Sharp.
Writer and poet Oscar Wilde included a reference to Tennyson's poem in the last paragraph of his essay The Decay of Lying: "The final revelation is that Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art. But of this I think I have spoken at sufficient length. And now let us go out on the terrace, where 'droops the milk-white peacock [56/57] like a ghost', while the evening star 'washes the dusk with silver'. At twilight nature becomes a wonderfully suggestive effect, and is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets. Come! We have talked long enough."
- BRITTEN: Sinfonietta / Serenade / Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal / Nocturne. BIS-CD-540.
- Roger Quilter 1877 - 1953.
- Susan Graham - Songs of Ned Rorem. Erato 80222.
- Prince Consort: Ned Rorem – On an echoing road. Linn Records CKD 342.
- James Southall: Vanity Fair: Danna out-Doyles Doyle in impressive period score.
- Con Anima Chamber Choir: Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal.