Singing: Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal, Now The White (from the movie Vanity Fair)


This is the best recording I can get of this lovely song by Mychael Danna from the 2004 film version of Thackeray‘s Vanity Fair, with Reese Witherspoon in the female lead (Becky Sharp).

The lyrics are from the sonnet by Alfred Lord Tennyson Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal Now the White:

Now sleeps the crimson petal, now the white;
Nor waves the cypress in the palace walk;
Nor winks the gold fin in the porphyry font:
The firefly wakens: waken thou with me.
Now droops the milkwhite peacock like a ghost,
And like a ghost she glimmers on to me.
Now lies the Earth all Danaë to the stars,
And all thy heart lies open unto me.
Now slides the silent meteor on, and leaves
A shining furrow, as thy thoughts in me.
Now folds the lily all her sweetness up,
And slips into the bosom of the lake:
So fold thyself, my dearest, thou, and slip
Into my bosom and be lost in me.

Various composers have set the sonnet to music: Benjamin Britten, Thomas Quilter, Paul Mealor.

Enjoy!

Ann

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2 Responses to Singing: Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal, Now The White (from the movie Vanity Fair)

  1. Heather says:

    Do you know who’s voice it is singing the song in vanity fair?

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