I travelled among unknown men, In lands beyond the sea; Nor England! did I know till then What love I bore to thee. 'Tis past, that melancholy dream! Nor will I quit [thy shore]1 A second time, for still I seem To love thee more and more. Among thy mountains did I feel The joy of my desire; And she I cherished turned [her]2 wheel Beside an English fire. Thy mornings showed, thy nights concealed, The bowers where Lucy played; And thine [too is]3 the last green field That Lucy's eyes surveyed.
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1 Britten: "again"
2 Ives: "the"
3 Ives: "is too"
- by William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850), "I travelled among unknown men", written 1801, appears in Lyrical Ballads, first published 1807 [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 (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "From 'Lucy'" [voice and piano] [text verified 1 time]
- by Nigel Dodd , "Lucy III" [bass or baritone, piano], from The Lucy Poems: A Song Cycle for Bass-Baritone and Piano, no. 3. [text not verified]
- by Charles Edward Ives (1874 - 1954), "I travelled among unknown men", 1901. [text verified 1 time]
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