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He wishes for the cloths of heaven

First line:
Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths
author of text

Published in his 1899 collection The Wind Among the Reeds, Aedh wishes for the cloths of heaven (commonly known as He wishes for the cloths of heaven) is one of Yeats’ most cherished poems. The perceptions and experiences of the poem’s speaker unfold through colourful language, evoking a realm suffused with magical light. It is thought that the sentiments expressed reflect the poet’s personal fear of Maud Gonne’s resistance to his advances, his dread at her refusal of him as a lover, and the forsaken state of abnegation that would inevitably follow such a refusal. Scored for mezzo-soprano solo, harp and choir, this delicate setting of the poem highlights Yeats’ evocative words: ‘Tread softly because you tread on my dreams’.

from notes by Desmond Earley © 2015


Invisible Stars
Studio Master: SIGCD436Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 7 on SIGCD436 [4'57] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD436 track 7

Recording date
22 March 2015
Recording venue
Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin, Ireland
Recording producer
Nigel Short
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Invisible Stars (SIGCD436)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: December 2015
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