by William Sharp (1855 - 1905), as Fiona Macleod

Language: English 
I have heard you calling, Dalua,
I have heard you on the hill,
By the pool-side still,
Where the lapwings shrill
         Dalua . . . Dalua . . . Dalua!

What is it you call, Dalua,
When the rains fall,
When the mists crawl,
And the curlews call
         Dalua . . . Dalua . . . Dalua!

I am the Fool, Dalua,
When men hear me, their eyes
Darken: the shadow in the skies
Droops: and the keening-woman cries
         Dalua . . . Dalua . . . Dalua!

Author's note: Dalua, one of the names of a mysterious being in the Celtic mythology, the Amadan-Dhu, the Dark Witless One, or Fairy Fool.


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2008-08-17
Line count: 18
Word count: 91