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by Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928)
I Lalage's coming: Where is she now, O? Turning to bow, O, And smile, is she, Just at parting, Parting, parting, As she is starting To come to me? II Where is she now, O, Now, and now, O, Shadowing a bough, O, Of hedge or tree As she is rushing, Rushing, rushing, Gossamers brushing To come to me? III Lalage's coming; Where is she now, O; Climbing the brow, O, Of hills I see? Yes, she is nearing, Nearing, nearing, Weather unfearing To come to me. IV Lalage's coming, She's nearer now, O, End anyhow, O, To-day's husbandry! Would a gilt chair were mine, Slippers of vair were mine, Brushes for hair were mine Of ivory! V What will she think, O, She who's so comely, Viewing how homely A sort are we! Nothing resplendent, No prompt attendant, Not one dependent Pertaining to me! VI Lalage's coming; Where is she now, O? Fain I'd avow, O, Full honestly Nought here's enough for her, All is too rough for her, Even my love for her Poor in degree. VII She's nearer now, O, Still nearer now, O She 'tis, I vow, O, Passing the lea. Rush down to meet her there, Call out and greet her there, Never a sweeter there Crossed to me! VIII Lalage's come; aye, Come is she now, O!. . . Does Heaven allow, O, A meeting to be? Yes, she is here now, Here now, here now, Nothing to fear now, Here's Lalage!
- by Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928), "Timing her", appears in Moments of Vision and Miscellaneous Verses, first published 1917 [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 Roy Buckle (b. 1926), "Timing her" [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Gerald Finzi (1901 - 1956), "Timing her", c1930, unfinished [sung text not yet checked]
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
This text was added to the website: 2006-10-11
Line count: 72
Word count: 248