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Horses abroad

Language: English

Horses in horsecloths stand in a row
On board the huge ship that at last lets go.
Whither are they sailing? They do not know,
Nor what for, nor how. --
                         They are horses of war,
And are going to where there is fighting afar;
But they gaze through their eyeholes unwitting they are,
And that in some wilderness, gaunt and ghast,
Their bones will bleach ere a year has passed,
And the item be as "war-waste" classed. --
And when the band booms, and the folk say "Goodbye!"
And the shore slides astern, they appear wrenched awry
From the scheme Nature planned for them, -- wondering why.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

  • by Peter Dickinson (b. 1934), "Horses abroad", 1968, published 1969, copyright © 1971, first performed 1969 [mezzo-soprano or contralto, SATB chorus, and orchestra], from Outcry, no. 4, Sevenoaks, Kent, Novello [
     text verified 1 time

Text added to the website: 2009-11-01 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:34

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