Say who is this with silvered hair
Say who is this with silvered hair,
So pale and worn and thin,
Who passeth here, and passeth there,
And looketh out and in ?
That useth not our garb nor tongue,
And knoweth things untold :
Who teacheth pleasure to the young,
And wisdom to the old?
No toil he maketh his by day,
No home his own by night ;
But wheresoe'er he take his way,
He killeth our delight.
Since he is come there's nothing wise
Nor fair in man or child,
Unless his deep divining eyes
Have looked on it and smiled.
Whence came he hither all alone
Among our folk to spy?
There's nought that we can call our own,
Till he shall hap to die.
And I would dig his grave full deep
Beneath the churchyard yew,
Lest thence his wizard eyes might peep
To mark the things we do.
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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 Fritz Bennicke Hart (1874 - 1949), "Say who is this?", 1935 [women's chorus a cappella], from Five Part-Songs for Women's Choir, Set I [
text not verified ]
- by Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934), "Say who is this?", op. 44 no. 1, H. 162 no. 1, published 1926, 1974 [SSA chorus and strings], from Seven Partsongs, no. 1. [
text verified 1 time]
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