Hyperion Records

When you are old and gray
composer
25 January 1919
author of text

Recordings
'Bridge: Songs' (CDD22071)
Bridge: Songs
CDD22071  2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — To be issued soon July 2014 Release  
'Bridge: Songs' (CDA67181/2)
Bridge: Songs
MP3 £14.49FLAC £14.49ALAC £14.49 CDA67181/2  2CDs To be superseded by CDD22071  
Details
Track 13 on CDD22071 CD2 [3'29] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) To be issued soon July 2014 Release
Track 13 on CDA67181/2 CD2 [3'29] 2CDs To be superseded by CDD22071

When you are old and gray
In When you are old and gray Bridge has omitted Yeats’s third stanza, repeating the first instead. (This is not an isolated incident; in Where she lies asleep Bridge repeats the first stanza to end, and in Into her keeping the poet himself does the same.) The poem ends:

And bending down beside the glowing bars
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a cloud of stars.

It may be that Bridge felt this was too active an image for the mood of the rest of the poem, and certainly the result is a heart-warming song with some magical moments.

from notes by Michael Pilkington 1997

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