Naught that country needeth of these aisles of stone; Where the Godhead dwelleth, temple there is none. All saints that in these courts have stood Are but babes and feeding on childrens food. On through darkness, On through sign and token, On through stars amidst the night, On to light, On through darkness, On through sign and token, Forward into light!
- by Henry Alford (1810 - 1871) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Charles Edward Ives (1874 - 1954), "Naught that country needeth", 1899 [baritone], from The Celestial Country [text verified 1 time]
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Word count: 61