Will he ever be weary of wandering, The flaming sun? Ever weary of waning in lovelight, The white still moon? Will ever a shepherd come With a crook of simple gold, And lead all the little stars Like lambs to the fold? Will ever the Wanderer sail From over the sea, Up the river of water, To the stones to me? Will he take us all into his ship, Dreaming, and waft us far, To where in the clouds of the West The Islands are?
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- by Walter De la Mare (1873 - 1956), "Will ever?", appears in Peacock Pie: A Book of Rhymes, in 7. Earth and Air, no. 5, first published 1913 [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 Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "Will ever?", 2006 [ medium-high voice, piano ], from Pieces of Peacock Pie, no. 11 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Bainbridge Crist (1883 - 1969), "Into a ship, dreaming", published 1918 [ voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Cecil Armstrong Gibbs (1889 - 1960), "The Wanderer", 1925, published 1926 [ voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Juliana Hall (b. 1958), "Will ever?", 1989, first performed 1995 [ tenor and piano ], from Peacock Pie -- 20 songs for Tenor and Piano, no. 16 [sung text not yet checked]
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