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The Vale of Clwyd

Language: English

Think not I'll leave fair Clwyd's vale;
To me 'tis fondly dear!
For still its scenes those hours recall
When I was blest and Henry here.

Long, long, to part our willing hands
An angry father strove;
While sorrow press'd on Henry's health,
A sorrow nurs'd by hopeless love.

His1 Ellen's cheek was also pale,
But Hope my spirits cheer'd;
Methought beneath a father's frown,
A father's pard'ning smile appear'd.

Nor was the idea vain:
How sad thou art, he cried;
But smile again, my darling child;
For thou shalt be thy Henry's bride.

At that glad sound, on wings of love,
To Henry's cot I flew:
But, ah! The transient flush of joy
From his wan cheek too soon withdrew.

'Twas doubtful bliss, 'twas sure alarm;
I only smil'd through tears:
But soon we hailed the bridal day,
And Love's fond hopes o'ercame its fears.

Ah! Hopes too false; ah! Fears too true,
Nor love nor joy could save:
I can no more, - but mark you turf
With flow'rs o'erspread, - 'tis Henry's grave!

Translation(s): FRE GER

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1 in the score there is a typo here: "Hes"

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani


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):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (G. Pertz) , title 1: "Das Tal von Clwyd"
  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "La vallée de Clwyd", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2006-01-11.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:17
Line count: 28
Word count: 176

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