Black'on frowns east on Maidon, And westward to the sea, But on neither is his frown laden With scorn, as his frown on me! At dawn my heart grew heavy, I could not sip the wine, I left the jocund bevy And that young man o' mine. The roadside elms pass by me, - Why do I sink with shame When the birds a-perch there eye me? They, too, have done the same!
- by Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928), "After the Club-Dance", appears in Time's Laughingstocks and Other Verses, in At Casterbridge Fair, no. 3, first published 1909 [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 Andrew Downes (b. 1950), "After the Club Dance", op. 1 no. 4 (1973), from Casterbridge Fair, no. 4. [text verified 1 time]
- by Frederic Goossen (b. 1927), "After the Club-Dance" [duet for mezzo-soprano and baritone with piano], from At Casterbridge Fair, no. 3. [text not verified]
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