The Poet's Life

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”The Poet’s Life” is a song written by the English composer Edward Elgar in 1892, with words by "Ellen Burroughs".[1]

The manuscript of the song has a dedication to "Mrs. Fitton",[2] but this is crossed out.

The song was published in 1907 as one of the Seven Lieder of Edward Elgar, with English and German words.

Lyrics[edit]

German words by Ed. Sachs.

English

THE POET'S LIFE

A poet sang, so light of heart was he,
. . .
There follow'd fame, and swiftly, swiftly there follow’d fame.

German

DICHTERLEBEN

Ein Dichter sang, die Weise klang so hell.
. . .
Und sein Nam' und Ruhm ist in jedem Mund.


NOTES

 • There are about 20 lines of verse, of which only the first and last are shown.

 • We believe this text to be copyright under U. S. copyright law. We will not display it until we obtain permission to do so or discover it is in the public domain.

Recordings[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ellen Burroughs was a pseudomym of the American poet Sophie Jewett (1861—1909)
  2. ^ Isobel Fitton, "Ysobel" of the Enigma Variations