My soul, there is a country [Afar]1 beyond the stars, Where stands a wingèd sentry All skilful in the wars: There, above noise and danger Sweet Peace sits [crown'd]2 with smiles And One, born in a manger Commands the beauteous files. He is thy gracious Friend And -- O my soul, awake! -- Did in pure love descend To die here for thy sake. If thou canst [get]3 but thither, There grows the [flower]4 of Peace, The Rose that cannot wither, Thy fortress and thy ease. Leave then thy foolish ranges, For none can thee secure But One who never changes, Thy God, thy life, thy cure.
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1 Dyson, Parry: "Far"
2 Parry: "crowned"
3 Dyson: "go"
4 Parry: "flow'r"
- by Henry Vaughan (1622 - 1695), "Peace", first published 1650 [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 Jean Mary Anderson (b. 1939), "Peace", 1997, from Two Songs for Alto & Organ, no. 1. [text not verified]
- by Gordon Ware Binkerd (1916 - 2003), "Peace" [text not verified]
- by Olivier Greif (1950 - 2000), "Peace", op. 310 no. 9 (1995) [voice and piano], from Les chants de l'âme, no. 9. [text not verified]
- by Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Sir (1848 - 1918), "My soul, there is a country", from Songs of Farewell, no. 1. [text verified 1 time]
- by Kees Schoonenbeek , "Peace", 1989, from Three wintersongs, no. 2. [text not verified]
This text (or a part of it) is used in a work
- by George Dyson (1883 - 1964), "Come to me God ; but do not come", from Quo Vadis: a Cycle of Poems, no. 7..
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Paix", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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