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Under the wide and starry sky

Language: English

Under the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie;
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

Here may the winds about me blow,
Here the sea may come and go
Here lies peace  forevermo'
And the heart for aye shall be still.

This be the verse you grave for me:
"Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill."

Translation(s): GER ITA

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J. Rogers sets stanzas 1, 3
D. Steele sets stanzas 1, 3

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Note: Steele changes "longed" to "long'd" in the last stanza.

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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)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Requiem", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , title 1: "Grabschrift", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2015-11-02 11:57:50
Line count: 12
Word count: 84

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Language: Italian (Italiano) after the English

Sia sotto un cielo vasto e stellato
Scavata la tomba, e sepolto stia là.
Sereno io muoio e sereno ho vissuto
Ed ora qui giaccio per mia volontà.

I venti accarezzano colui che qui giace,
Ritornano e vanno le onde del mare
Qui sempre sovrana regna la pace
Per sempre tranquillo rimane il mio cuore.

E sia, sulla mia tomba, questa frase incisa:
"Per suo desiderio  egli ora qui riposa,
a casa è il marinaio che ha viaggiato per mare,
a casa torna, dal colle, il cacciatore."

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Based on
  • a text in English by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894), "Requiem", appears in Underwoods, first published 1887 GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Granville Ransome Bantock, Sir, Kathleen Billingham, Keith Warren Bissell, Lawrance Arthur Collingwood, Harold Craxton, Walford Davies, Sir, Paul N. Edmonds, Blair Fairchild, Arthur Foote, Shena Eleanor Fraser, Edmund Grinnell, Sidney Homer, Charles Edward Ives, Martin Kalmanoff, Richard Kountz, Cyril Bertram Lander, Cecilia Loftus, Ben Moore, T. More, Peter Russell Naylor, Clara Osmond, Graham Peel, Humphrey Procter-Gregg, Karol Rathaus, James Hotchkiss Rogers, Ned Rorem, Cyril Meir Scott, William Shanks, Oley Speaks, Douglas Steele, Ronald Stevenson, E. Roy Thompson, Ernest Whyte, Raymond Huntington Woodman. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2005-01-19.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:12
Line count: 12
Word count: 87