The moon is full, and so am I ; The night is late, the ale was good ; And I must go two miles and more Along a country road. Now what is this that's drawing near ? It seems a man, and tall ; But where the face should show its white I see no white at all. Where is his face : or do I see The back part of his head, And, with his face turned round about, He walks this way ? I said. He's close at hand, but where's the face ? What devil is this I see ? I'm glad my body's warm with ale, There's trouble here for me. I clutch my staff, I make a halt, "His blood or mine," said I. "Good-night," the black man said to me, As he went passing by.
- by William Henry Davies (1871 - 1940), "A strange meeting", appears in Forty New Poems, first published 1918 [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 William (Southcombe) Lloyd Webber (1914 - 1982), "A strange meeting", published 1951 [baritone and piano], from Four Bibulous Songs, no. 1. [text not verified]
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