Sweet Chance, that led my steps abroad, Beyond the town, where wild flow'rs grow -- A rainbow and a cuckoo, Lord, How rich and great the times are now! Know all ye sheep And cows, that keep On staring that I stand so long In grass that's wet from heavy rain -- A rainbow, and a cuckoo's song May never come together again, May never come [from]1 This side the tomb. A rainbow, and a cuckoo's song May never come together again...
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- by William Henry Davies (1871 - 1940), "A great time", appears in The Bird of Paradise and Other Poems, first published 1914 [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 Otto Freudenthal (b. 1934), "A great time", 2000 [voice and piano], from 10 poems by William H. Davies for voice and piano, no. 8. [text not verified]
- by Michael (Dewar) Head (1900 - 1976), "Sweet Chance, that led my steps abroad", published 1929, first performed 1928 [voice and piano or orchestra], from Songs of the Countryside, no. 5. [text verified 1 time]
- by Wynn Hunt (b. 1910), "A great time" [bass-baritone and piano], from W. H. Davies Song Cycle [text not verified]
- by Newell Wallbank (b. 1914), "A great time", published 1948. [high voice and piano] [text not verified]
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