Dingdong! The castle bell! Farewell, my mother! Bury me in the old churchyard Beside my eldest brother. My coffin shall be black, Six angels at my back, Two to sing and two to pray And two to carry my soul away.
About the headline (FAQ)
Confirmed with A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1916, page 22.Excerpt is "the song that Brigid had taught him" that appears on page 22 of the first edition of the novel.
- by James Joyce (1882 - 1941), no title, appears in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, New York, B. W. Huebsch, first published 1916 [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 David Leo Diamond (1915 - 2005), "Brigid's Song", published 1947 [ high voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Vincent Persichetti (1915 - 1987), "Brigid's Song", published 1959 [ low voice or medium voice, light soprano, and piano ], from James Joyce Songs, no. 2 [sung text not yet checked]
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This text was added to the website: 2008-07-22
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