There was a Horseman rode so fast The Sun in heaven stayed still at last. On, on, and on, his galloping shoon Gleamed never never beneath the Moon. The People said, ‘Thou must be mad, O Man with a never-lengthening shadow! ‘Mad and bad! Ho! stay thy course, Thou and thy never-stabled horse! ‘Oh, what a wild and wicked sight — A Horseman never dark with night! ‘Depart from us, depart from us, Thou and thy lank-maned Pegasus!’ . . . They talked into declining day, Since both were now leagues — leagues away.
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- by Walter De la Mare (1873 - 1956), "The horseman" [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Juliana Hall (b. 1958), "The horseman", 1989, first performed 1995 [ tenor and piano ], from Peacock Pie -- 20 songs for Tenor and Piano, no. 18 [sung text checked 1 time]
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