Home they brought her warrior dead: She nor swooned, nor uttered cry: All her maidens, watching, said, 'She must weep or she [will]1 die.' Then they praised him, soft and low, Called him worthy to be loved, Truest friend and noblest foe; Yet she neither spoke nor moved. Stole a maiden from her place, Lightly to the warrior stept, Took the face-cloth from the face; Yet she neither moved nor wept. Rose a nurse of ninety years, Set his child upon her knee -- Like summer tempest came her tears -- 'Sweet my child, I live for thee.'
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1 Holst: "must"
- by Alfred Tennyson, Lord (1809 - 1892), no title, appears in The Princess, first published 1850 [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 Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934), "Home they brought her warrior dead", op. 20a no. 5, H. 80 no. 5 [chorus], from Songs from The Princess, no. 5 [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Sidney Homer (1864 - 1953), "Home they brought her warrior dead", op. 7 no. 3 [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by (Gerald) Graham Peel (1878 - 1937), "Home they brought her warrior dead" [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Wim Zwaag (b. 1960), "Home they brought her warrior dead", 1997 [high mezzo-soprano or high baritone and piano], from Three Tennyson Songs, no. 1 [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Adolf Strodtmann (1829 - 1879) , no title, appears in Lieder- und Balladenbuch amerikanischer und englischer Dichter der Gegenwart, in Lieder aus "Die Prinzessin", no. 6, first published 1862 ; composed by Heinrich Zöllner.
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This text was added to the website: 2007-06-14
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