I'm happiest when most away I can bear my soul from its home of clay On a windy night when the moon is bright And the eye can wander thru worlds of light When I am not and none beside Nor earth nor sea nor cloudless sky But only spirit wandering wide Thru infinite immensity.
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- by Emily Brontë (1818 - 1848), no title, appears in The Complete Poems of Emily Brontë, first published 1910 [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 John Woods Duke (1899 - 1984), "Worlds of Light", 1970, published 1977 [medium voice and piano], from Six Songs on Poems by Emily Brontë, no. 3, Southern/NY [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Terry Fisk , "I'm happiest when most away", published 2002 [voice, piano], from Wuthering Heights, no. 33 [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Pamela Harrison (1915 - 1990), "I'm happiest now when most away", 1954 [soprano or tenor and piano], from The Lonely Landscape [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by John Mitchell (b. 1941), "I'm happiest when most away", op. 24 no. 7 (1977), from The Earth, the Wind, and the Sky, no. 7 [ sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Victoria Brago
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