Afoot and light‑hearted, I take to the...
Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose.
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune -- I myself am good fortune;
[Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Strong and content, I travel the open road.]1
The earth -- that is sufficient;
I do not want the constellations any nearer;
I know they are very well where they are;
I know they suffice for those who belong to them.
(Still here I carry my old delicious burdens;
I carry them, men and women -- I carry them with me wherever I go;
I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them;
I am fill'd with them, and I will fill them in return.)
N. Rorem sets stanzas 1-2
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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 Ned Rorem (b. 1923), "The Open Road", 1997, published 1999, stanzas 1-2, from Evidence of Things Not Seen, no. 2. [
text verified 1 time]
- by Wolfgang Wijdeveld (1910 - 1985), "Song of the open road", 1949, published 1949 [medium voice, violin, viola, clarinet, and piano], from Drie liederen, no. 1. [
text not verified ]
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