I try to knead and spin, but my life is low the while, Oh, I long to be alone and walk abroad a mile! Yet if I walk alone, and think of naught at all, Why from me that's young should the wild tears fall? The shower-stricken earth, the earth-colour'd streams, They breathe on me awake and moan to me in dreams; And yonder ivy fondling the broke castle wall, It pulls upon my heart till the wild tears fall. The cabin door looks down a furze-lighted hill, And far as Leighlin Cross the fields are green and still; But once I hear the blackbird in Leighlin hedges call, The foolishness is on me and the wild tears fall.
- by Louise Imogen Guiney (1861 - 1920) [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 John Raynor (1909 - 1970), "In Leinster", published 1971 [voice and piano], from Eleven Songs, no. 2. [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Ken Edensor
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