I never saw a moor
I never saw a moor,
I never saw the sea;
Yet know I how the heather looks,
And what a wave must be.
I never spoke with God,
Nor visited in heaven;
Yet certain am I of the spot
As if the chart were given.
Translation(s): FRE GER GER ITA
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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Leonard Berkowitz (b. 1926), "I never saw a moor", published 1968 [SATB chorus a cappella], from Four Songs on Poems of Emily Dickinson [ sung text not verified ]
- by Arthur Farwell (1872 - 1952), "I never saw a moor", op. 105 no. 5. [ sung text not verified ]
- by Isadore Freed (1900 - 1960), "Chartless", published 1946. [ sung text not verified ]
- by Helen Sewall Leavitt (1880/90 - ?), "Chartless" [ sung text not verified ]
- by Robert Muczynski (b. 1929), "I never saw a moor" [SATB chorus a cappella] [ sung text not verified ]
- by John Charles Sacco (1905 - 1987), "Revelation", published 1941 [high voice, piano], from Three Songs [ sung text not verified ]
- by Richard Pearson Thomas (b. 1957), "I never saw a moor", from At last, to be identified, no. 4. [ sung text not verified ]
- by Adolf Weiss (1891 - 1971), "Chartless", 1928, published c1930 [soprano and string quartet], from Seven Songs for Soprano and String Quartet, no. 4. [ sung text not verified ]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Mai vidi una brughiera", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Je n'ai jamais vu une Lande
Language: French (Français) after the English
Je n'ai jamais vu une Lande.
Je n'ai jamais vu la Mer --
Pourtant je sais comment est faite la Bruyère
Et comment est une Vague.
Je n'ai jamais parlé avec Dieu,
Ni visité le Paradis --
Pourtant je suis certaine de cet endroit
Comme si le ticket était donné --
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Translations of title(s):
"Chartless" = "Sans ticket"
"I never saw a moor" = "Je n'ai jamais vu une Lande"
"Revelation" = "Révélation"
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- a text in English by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems of Emily Dickinson, first published 1890 GER GER ITA
- This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Leonard Berkowitz, Arthur Farwell, Isadore Freed, Helen Sewall Leavitt, Robert Muczynski, John Charles Sacco, Richard Pearson Thomas, Adolf Weiss. Go to the text.
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