Up on their brooms the Witches stream, Crooked and black in the crescent's gleam; One foot high, and one foot low, Bearded, cloaked, and cowled, they go, 'Neath Charlie's Wain they twitter and tweet, And away they swarm 'neath the Dragon's feet, With a whoop and a flutter they swing and sway, And surge pell-mell down the Milky Way. Betwixt the legs of the glittering Chair They hover and squeak in the empty air. Then round they swoop past the glimmering Lion To where Sirius barks behind huge Orion; Up, then, and over to wheel amain, Under the silver, and home again.
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- by Walter De la Mare (1873 - 1956), "The ride-by-nights", appears in Peacock Pie: A Book of Rhymes, in 6. Witches and Fairies, no. 2, first published 1913 [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 (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "The ride-by-nights", published 1932 [ boys' chorus or SA chorus and piano ], from Three Two-Part Songs [sung text not yet checked]
- by Cecil Armstrong Gibbs (1889 - 1960), "The ride-by-nights" [sung text not yet checked]
- by Colin Hand (1929 - 2015), "The ride-by-nights", published 1961 [ SS chorus and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Elaine Hugh-Jones (b. 1927), "The ride-by-nights", 1966-71 [ soprano or tenor and piano ], from Eight Songs of Walter de la Mare, no. 8 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Hugh Stevenson Roberton, Sir (1874 - 1952), "The ride-by-nights", published 1943 [ SSA chorus a cappella ], from Peacock Pie [sung text not yet checked]
- by Percy Marshall Young (1912 - 2004), "The ride-by-nights", published 1951 [ duet for 2 sopranos with piano ], from Three songs from "Peacock Pie" [sung text not yet checked]
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