Songs Sacred and Profane is a song cycle for voice and piano composed in 1929–31 by John Ireland (1879–1962). (The John Ireland Trust gives a composition date of 1943, but appears to be in error unless the composer revised the work in that year.) It consists of settings of six poems by various poets.
A typical performance takes about 14 minutes. The songs are:
- "The Advent" (Alice Meynell (1847–1922); "Meditation", from Preludes (1875))
- "Hymn for a Child" (Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893–1978))
- "My Fair" (Meynell)
- "The Salley Gardens" (W. B. Yeats (1865–1939); "An Old Song Re-Sung", from The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems (1889))
- "The Soldier's Return" (Warner; from The Espalier (1925))
- "The Scapegoat" (Warner; from The Espalier)
- Craggs, Stewart R. (28 January 2013). John Ireland: A Catalogue, Discography and Bibliography: A Source Book (2nd ed.). Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. pp. 92–93. ASIN B00AW99HNA.
- "John Ireland: List of works – Q to S". John Ireland Trust. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
- John Ireland: Songs Sacred and Profane, songs (6) for voice & piano at AllMusic. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
- "Songs Sacred and Profane: Song Cycle by John (Nicholson) Ireland (1879–1962)". The LiederNet Archive. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
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