I shall go without companions, And with nothing in my hand; I shall pass through many places That I cannot understand - Until I come to my own country, Which is a pleasant land! The trees that grow in my own country Are the beech tree and the yew; Many stand together And some stand few. In the month of May in my own country All the woods are new. When I get to my own country I shall lie down and sleep; I shall watch in the valleys The long flocks of sheep. And then I shall dream, for ever and all, A good dream and deep.
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- by (Joseph) Hilaire Belloc (1870 - 1953), no title, appears in The Four Men, first published 1911 [author's text not yet checked 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 David Moule-Evans (b. 1905), "My own country", published c1951 [medium voice and piano], from Three songs [text not verified]
- by John Raynor (1909 - 1970), "My own country", published 1950. [tenor or baritone and piano] [text not verified]
- by Peter Warlock (1894 - 1930), "My own country", published 1927 [baritone and piano], from Three Belloc Songs [text verified 1 time]
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