I went out to the hazel wood
I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.
When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire aflame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And some one called [me by]1 my name:
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple [blossom]2 in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.
Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
[And walk among long dappled grass,]1
And pluck till time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.
Translation(s): FRE GER
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First published in Sketch, August 1897, revised 1899, renamed "Song of Wandering Aengus"
1 omitted by Edmunds
2 Edmunds: "blossoms"
Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Gary Bachlund , "The Song of Wandering Aengus", 2005 [baritone and piano], from Three Magical Songs, no. 2. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Derek Bourgeois (b. 1941), "Song of Wandering Aengus", 1962 [baritone and piano], from Six songs of wandering [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by James Brown , "The Song of Wandering Aengus" [bass or baritone and piano] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Doreen Droste , "The Song of Wandering Aengus", published 1973. [SATB chorus a cappella] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by John Edmunds (1913 - 1986), "The Hazel Wood" [voice and piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Richard B. Evans , "Song of the Wandering Aengus", from In the deep heart's core [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Donovan Leitch (b. 1946), "Song of Wandering Aengus" [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Das Lied des Wandernden Aengus", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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