Over the borders, a sin without pardon, Breaking the branches and crawling below, Out through the breach in the wall of the garden, Down by the banks of the river, we go. Here is the mill with the humming of thunder, Here is the weir with the wonder of foam, Here is the sluice with the race running under -- Marvellous places, though handy to home! Sounds of the village grow stiller and stiller, Stiller the note of the birds on the hill; Dusty and dim are the eyes of the miller, Deaf are his ears with the moil of the mill. Years may go by, and the wheel in the river Wheel as it wheels for us, children, to-day, Wheel and keep roaring and foaming for ever Long after all of the boys are away. Home from the Indies and home from the ocean, Heroes and soldiers we all shall come home; Still we shall [find]1 the old mill wheel in motion, Turning and churning [that]2 river to foam. You with the bean that I gave when we quarrelled, I with your marble of Saturday last, Honoured and old and all gaily apparelled, Here we shall meet and remember the past.
L. Lehmann sets stanzas 2-5
1 Lehmann: "hear"
2 Lehmann: "the"
- by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894), "Keepsake Mill", appears in A Child's Garden of Verses, first published 1885 [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 Ethel Crowningshield , "Keepsake Mill", published 1910 [ voice and piano ], from Robert Louis Stevenson Songs [sung text not yet checked]
- by Liza Lehmann (1862 - 1918), "Keepsake Mill", published c1900, stanzas 2-5 [ baritone, piano ], from The daisy chain: twelve songs of childhood, no. 3 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Oskar Morawetz (b. 1917), "Keepsake Mill", 1972 [ soprano and piano ], from A child's garden of verses [sung text not yet checked]
Researcher for this text: Barbara Miller
This text was added to the website: 2004-02-10
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