Do you remember an Inn, Miranda? Do you remember an Inn? And the tedding and the spreading Of the straw for a bedding, And the fleas that tease in the [High]1 Pyrenees, And the wine that tasted of [tar]2? And the cheers and the jeers of the young muleteers (Under the vine of the dark verandah)? Do you remember an Inn, Miranda? Do you remember an Inn? And the cheers and the jeers of the young muleteers Who hadn't got a penny And who weren't paying any, And the hammer at the doors and the din? And the hip! hop! hap! Of the clap Of the hands to the [swirl and the twirl]3 of the girl gone chancing, Glancing, Dancing, Backing and advancing, Snapping of the clapper to the spin Out and in -- And the ting, tong, tang of the guitar! Do you remember an Inn, Miranda? Do you remember an Inn? Never more; Miranda, Never more. Only the high peaks hoar: And Aragon a torrent at the door. No sound In the walls of the halls where falls The tread Of the feet of the dead to the ground, No sound: But the boom Of the [waterfall]4 like doom.
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1 Toye: "Highly"
2 Toye: "the tar"
3 Toye: "twirl and the swirl"
4 Toye: "far waterfall"
- by (Joseph) Hilaire Belloc (1870 - 1953), "Tarantella", appears in Sonnets and Verse (1923), first published 1923 [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 Denis ApIvor (1916 - 2004), "Tarantella", op. 3 no. ? (1935-40) [ medium voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Mervyn Burtch (b. 1929), "Tarantella" [ SATB chorus ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Jean Coulthard (1908 - 2000), "Tarantella", 1960 [ baritone, string quartet, and piano ], from Two Night Songs [sung text not yet checked]
- by Edward Elgar, Sir (1857 - 1934), "Tarantella", 1932-3 [ baritone and orchestra ], unfinished [sung text not yet checked]
- by Gabriel Fontrier (b. 1918), "Tarantella", published 1965 [ SATB chorus a cappella ], from Three Choruses to Texts by Hilaire Belloc [sung text not yet checked]
- by Ivor (Bertie) Gurney (1890 - 1937), "Tarantella", 1921 [ voice and piano ], revised 1922 and 1925 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Richard Hageman (1882 - 1966), "Miranda", published 1940 [ voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Christopher Kaye Le Fleming (b. 1908), "Tarantella", published 1962 [ baritone, SATB chorus, and orchestra ], from Valley of Arun [sung text not yet checked]
- by Robert McCauley , "Tarantella", 2019, from Poems of Hilaire Belloc, no. 3 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Harold Noble (1903 - 1998), "Do you remember an Inn", published 1965 [ TTBB chorus and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Bertha Rawlinson , "Tarantella", published 1963 [ voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Randall Thompson (1899 - 1984), "Tarantella", published 1937 [ TTBB chorus and orchestra or piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by (John) Francis Toye (1883 - 1964), "The Inn", published 1925 [ baritone and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Grace Mary Williams (1906 - 1977), "Tarantella", published 1953 [ soprano, SSA chorus, and strings or piano ], from The Dancers [sung text not yet checked]
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