Cliffs that rise a thousand feet Without a break, Lake that stretches a hundred miles Without a wave, [Sands that are white all through the year, Without a stain,]1 Pine-tree woods, winter and summer Ever-green, Streams that for ever flow and flow Without a pause, Trees that for twenty thousand years Your vows have kept, You have suddenly healed the pain of a traveller's heart, And moved his brush to write a new song.
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1 omitted by Gibbs.
- by Arthur Waley (1889 - 1969), "Sailing homeward", first published 1919 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
- a text in Chinese (中文) by Chan Fang-Sheng (flourished 4th century) [text unavailable]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "Sailing homeward", 194-? [ tenor and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Cecil Armstrong Gibbs (1889 - 1960), "Sailing homeward", 1934 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Annetta Rosser (1938 - 1998), "Sailing homeward", published 1977, from Songs from the Chinese, no. 1 [sung text not yet checked]
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry
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