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'"A Song of Flight"' is a song written by the English composer Edward Elgar in 1895, as his Op. 31, No. 2, with the words from a poem by Christina Rossetti.

The song was first performed by the Irish baritone Harry Plunket Greene in St. James's Hall on 2 March 1900, together with After, Op. 31, No. 1.



:While we slumber and sleep

:The sun leaps up from the deep.

:Daylight born at the leap!

::Rapid, dominant, free,

::Athirst to bathe in the uttermost sea.

:While we linger at play,

:If the year would stand at May!

:Winds are up and away

::Over land, over sea,

::To their goal wherever their goal may be.

:It is time to arise

:To race for the promised prize,

:The Sun flies, the Wind flies.

::We are strong, we are free,

::And home lies beyond the stars and the sea.


*Banfield, Stephen, 'Sensibility and English Song: Critical studies of the early 20th century' (Cambridge University Press, 1985)

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