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by James Stephens (1882 - 1950)
It is not on her gown She fears to tread ; It is her hair Which tumbles down And strays About her ways That she must care. And she lives nigh this place : The dead would rise If they could see her face ; The dead would rise Only to hear her sing : But death is blind, and gives not ear nor eye To anything. We would leave behind Both wife and child, And house and home ; And wander blind, And wander thus, And ever roam, If she would come to us In Erris. Softly she said to me Be patient till the night comes, And I will go with thee.
- by James Stephens (1882 - 1950), "Nancy Walsh", appears in Reincarnations, 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 Walter Byron Mourant (1910 - 1995), "Nancy Walsh" [ medium voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
This text was added to the website: 2009-01-22
Line count: 25
Word count: 114