Poor blind Tam, the beggar man, I'll give a penny to as soon as I can. Where he stood at the corner in his rags, and cried, The sun without shadow does now abide. Safe be my penny till I come some day To where Tam's waiting. And then I'll say, "Here is my ghost, Tam, from the fire and dew, And the penny I grudged kept safe for you."
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- by Walter De la Mare (1873 - 1956), "The penny owing", written 1919-1934 [author's text checked 1 time 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 Juliana Hall (b. 1958), "The penny owing", 1989, first performed 1995 [ tenor and piano ], from Peacock Pie -- 20 songs for Tenor and Piano, no. 17 [sung text not yet checked]
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