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.
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- by William Blake (1757 - 1827), no title, appears in An Island in the Moon, Chapter XI [author's text not yet checked 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 Nicolas Flagello (b. 1928), "O father, O father", 1964, published 1965 [high voice and piano], from Songs from William Blake's "An Island in the Moon", no. 3. [text not verified]
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
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