All day I've toiled

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Emily Brontë
All day I've toiled

All day I've toiled but not with pain
In learning's golden mine
And now at eventide again
The moonbeams softly shine.

There is no snow upon the ground
No frost on wind or wave
The south wind blew with gentlest sound
And broke their icy grave.

Tis sweet to wander here at night
To watch the winter die
With heart as summer sunshine light
And warm as summer's sky.

O may I never lose the peace
That lulls me gently now
Though time may change my youthful face
And years may shade my brow.

True to myself and true to all
May I be healthful still
And turn away from passion's call
And curb my own wild will.


from For Beauty's Sake, released June 1, 2014
lyrics: Emily Bronte
music: Mariska Reijmerink
arranged by Jan-Peter Bast



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The Rossettis The Netherlands

The Rossettis are the band around singer Mariska Reijmerink who sets beautiful English poetry to beautiful music. Her excellent band members are pianist Jan-Peter Bast, his partner and violinist Sophie de Rijk and Mariska's long-time friend and drummer Arthur Brenkman. With the four of them they create an enchanting, intimate, tender and yet energetic sound that does credit to the poems. ... more

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