A bow-shot from her bower-eaves, He rode between the barley-sheaves, The sun came dazzling thro' the leaves, And flamed upon the brazen greaves Of bold Sir Lancelot. A red-cross knight for ever kneel'd To a lady in his shield, That sparkled on the yellow field, Beside remote Shalott. The gemmy bridle glitter'd free, Like to some branch of stars we see Hung in the golden Galaxy. The bridle bells rang merrily As he rode down to Camelot: And from his blazon'd baldric slung A mighty silver bugle hung, And as he rode his armour rung, Beside remote Shalott. All in the blue unclouded weather Thick-jewell'd shone the saddle-leather, The helmet and the helmet-feather Burn'd like one burning flame together, As he rode down to Camelot. As often thro' the purple night, Below the starry clusters bright, Some bearded meteor, trailing light, Moves over still Shalott. His broad clear brow in sunlight glow'd; On burnish'd hooves his war-horse trode; From underneath his helmet flow'd His coal-black curls as on he rode, As he rode down to Camelot. From the bank and from the river He flash'd into the crystal mirror, 'Tirra lirra,' by the river Sang Sir Lancelot. She left the web, she left the loom, She made three paces thro' the room, She saw the water-lily bloom, She saw the helmet and the plume, She look'd down to Camelot. Out flew the web and floated wide; The mirror crack'd from side to side; 'The curse is come upon me!' cried The Lady of Shalott.
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- by Alfred Tennyson, Lord (1809 - 1892), no title, appears in The Lady of Shalott, no. 3 [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 Wilfred Ellington Bendall (1850 - 1920), "A bow-shot from her bower-eaves", published 1884 [soprano, SSA chorus, orchestra], from the cantata The Lady of Shalott, no. 3, London, Novello [text not verified]
- by Carl Reinhold Busch (1862 - 1943), "A bow-shot from her bower-eaves", published 1894 [soprano, mixed chorus, orchestra], from the cantata The Lady of Shalott, no. 3, Boston, White-Smith [text not verified]
- by Christopher Montague Edmunds (1899 - 1990), "A bow-shot from her bower-eaves", published 1926 [SA chorus, orchestra], from the cantata The Lady of Shalott, no. 3, London, Stainer & Bell [text not verified]
- by Maurice Jacobson (1896 - 1976), "A bow-shot from her bower-eaves", published 1942 [tenor, SATB chorus, orchestra], from the cantata The Lady of Shalott, no. 3, London, Curwen [text not verified]
- by Phyllis Margaret Duncan Tate (1911 - 1987), "A bow-shot from her bower-eaves", 1956 [tenor, viola, percussion, 2 pianos, cello], from the cantata The Lady of Shalott, no. 3, London, Oxford University Press [text not verified]
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- by Cecil Armstrong Gibbs (1889 - 1960), "The Lady of Shalott", published 1929 [mezzo-soprano, SA chorus, piano, optional strings], London, Curwen.
- by Cyril Bradley Rootham (1875 - 1938), "The Lady of Shalott", 1909-10. [mezzo-soprano, SATB chorus, orchestra].
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