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I heard their young hearts crying Loveward above the glancing oar And heard the prairie grasses sighing: No more, return no more! O hearts, O sighing grasses, Vainly your loveblown bannerets mourn! No more will the wild wind that passes Return, no more return.
About the headline (FAQ)First published in the Saturday Review, September 1913
- by James Joyce (1882 - 1941), "Watching the needleboats at San Sabba", written 1912, appears in Pomes Penyeach, no. 2 [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 Stanley Richard Bate (1913 - 1959), "Watching the needleboats at San Saba", published 1951 [low voice and piano], from Five Songs [text not verified]
- by Arnold Edward Trevor Bax, Sir (1883 - 1953), "Watching the needleboats at San Saba", published 1933 [voice and piano], from The Joyce Book, no. 2. [text verified 1 time]
- by Brian Boydell (1917 - 2000), "Watching the needleboats at San Saba", 1936. [low voice and piano] [text not verified]
- by Robin Field (b. 1935), "I heard their young hearts crying", 1967 [tenor, oboe, and string quartet], from The sly reeds whisper [text not verified]
- by John Gruen (b. 1927), "Watching the needleboats at San Saba" [voice and piano] [text not verified]
- by Geert van Keulen (b. 1943), "Watching the needleboats at San Saba", 1943, published 1984, rev. 1984 [soprano, flute (alto flute and piccolo), clarinet (bass clarinet), violin, contrabass, harp, vibraphone (tam-tam), mandolin, and guitar], from Trieste, or Three Poems by James Joyce, no. 2, Amsterdam, Donemus [text not verified]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "En regardant les yoles à San Sabba", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Betrachtung der Ruderer vor San Sabba", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Barbara Miller
This text was added to the website: 2005-01-13
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Ich hört’ die jungen Herzen schrei’n nach Liebe, über der Ruder Musik, ich hört’ die Prairiegräser seufzen: nie mehr, nie mehr kehrt sie zurück! Ach Herzen, ach du seufzend Gras, vergeblich trauern eure Fähnlein, von der Liebe Wind zerzaust! Nie wieder kehrt der wilde Wind, der euch umbraust, nie mehr kehrt er zurück.
- Translation from English to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2014 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.
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- a text in English by James Joyce (1882 - 1941), "Watching the needleboats at San Sabba", written 1912, appears in Pomes Penyeach, no. 2
This text was added to the website: 2014-08-23
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Word count: 53