I saw a man pursuing the horizon; Round and round they sped. I was disturbed at this; I accosted the man. ["It is futile," I said]1, "You can never -- " "You lie," he cried, And ran [on]2.
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1 Lindsay: "I said, "It is futile,""
2 Lidnsay: "on and on"
- by Stephen Crane (1871 - 1900), no title, appears in The Black Riders and Other Lines, no. 24, first published 1895 [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 Cees van As , "I saw a man", op. 2 no. 1, from Mysteries, no. 1 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Richard Hermann , "I saw a man pursuing the horizon", 2007, from Four Song from Steven Crane, no. 4 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Joshua Alan Lindsay (b. 1988), "[I]. Futility", 2008-9, first performed 2009 [ tenor or high voice and piano ], from Of snow, ice, burning sand, no. 2 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Richard Owen (b. 1922?), "I saw a man pursuing the horizon", published 1966 [ high voice, piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by David Sisco , "I saw a man pursuing the horizon", 1999 [ baritone and piano ], from Five Stephen Crane Poems, no. 2 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Pasquale J. Spino (b. 1942), "I saw a man" [ SATB chorus a cappella ], from Six Poetic Songs [was Five Poetic Songs] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Paul Zonn (b. 1938), "I saw a man pursuing", 1967 [ unaccompanied contralto ], from 3 Folk Songs of Stephen Crane [sung text not yet checked]
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