by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

I shot an Arrow into the air
Language: English 
I shot an Arrow into the air
It fell to earth I [knew]1 not where,
For so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

I breath'd a Song into the air
It fell to earth, I [knew]1 not where.
For who has sight so keen and strong
That it can follow the flight of a song?

Long, long afterward in an oak
I found the Arrow still unbroke;
And the Song from begining to end
I found again in the heart of a friend.

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Note: parodied in the anonymous poem I stuck a pin into a chair.


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

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Ludwig Bonvin.
  • Also set in Spanish (Español), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Ángel Lasala.

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