by William Blake (1757 - 1827)

O father father where are you going
Language: English 
O father father where are you going
  Oh do not walk so fast;
Oh, speak, father, speak to your little boy,
  Or else I shall be lost.
The night it was dark & no father was there,
  And the child was wet with dew.
The mire was deep, & the child did weep
  And away the vapour flew.

About the headline (FAQ)

Note: this is the first draft of "The little boy lost"


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

Set in a modified version by William Bolcom, David Evan Thomas, Timothy Lenk, Ole Carsten Green, Vincent Henry Palmer Caillard, Sir, Norman Curtis, John Frandsen, Kenneth Haxton, Christian Victor Hely-Hutchinson, Gary Michael Higginson, Joseph Charles Holbrooke, Herbert Norman Howells, Douglas McGilvra, Norman Houston O'Neill, Ellen Raskin, Allen Dwight Sapp, Russell Smith, Ronald Stevenson, Alan Burrage Stout, Anthony Strilko, Raymond Wilding-White, William Brocklesby Wordsworth, William Brocklesby Wordsworth, Solomon Pimsleur, Ken Neufeld, John Austin Sykes, Rudolph T. Werther.

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2009-05-24
Line count: 8
Word count: 58