When will he return? Only to depart. Harrowed by the omen Of his restless heart; Bondsman of the voice, Rival to the Sun, Viceroy of the sunset Till his task be done. Though he is my love He is not for me; What he loves lies over Loveless miles of sea. Haunted by the West, Eating out his heart When will he return? Only to depart.
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- by Louis MacNeice (1907 - 1963) [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 William Walton (1902 - 1983), "Beatriz's song", from Christopher Columbus Suite, no. 2 [sung text checked 1 time]
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