What sight so lured him thro' the fields he knew As where earth's green stole into heaven's own hue, Far - far - away? What sound was dearest in his native dells? The mellow lin-lan-lone of evening bells Far - far - away? What vague world whisper, mystic pain or joy, Thro' those three words would haunt him when a boy, Far - far - away? A whisper from his dawn of life? A breath From some fair dawn beyond the doors of death Far - far - away? Far, far, how far? From o'er the gates of birth, The faint horizons, all the bounds of earth, Far - far - away? What charm in words, a charm no words could give? O dying words, can Music make you live Far - far - away?
- by Alfred Tennyson, Lord (1809 - 1892), "Far-Far-Away", appears in Demeter and Other Poems, first published 1889 [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 Alfred Cellier (1844 - 1891), "Far-Far-Away", published 1890. [voice and piano] [text not verified]
- by Carlo Alfredo Piatti (1822 - 1901), "Far-Far-Away", published 1891. [voice and piano] [text not verified]
- by Ned Rorem (b. 1923), "Far-Far-Away", published 1969 [medium-high voice and piano], from Four Poems of Tennyson [text verified 1 time]
- by L. C. Wallich , "Far, far away", <<1892. [text not verified]
Researcher for this text: John Versmoren
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