The singers are gone from the Cornmarket-place With their broadsheets of rhymes, The street rings no longer in treble and bass With their skits on the times, And the Cross, lately thronged, is a dim naked space That but echoes the stammering chimes. From Clock-corner steps, as each quarter ding-dongs, Away the folk roam By the "Hart" and Grey's Bridge into byways and "drongs," Or across the ridged loam; The younger ones shrilling the lately heard songs, The old saying, "Would we were home." The shy-seeming maiden so mute in the fair Now rattles and talks, And that one who looked the most swaggering there Grows sad as she walks, And she who seemed eaten by cankering care In statuesque sturdiness stalks. And midnight clears High Street of all but the ghosts Of its buried burghees, From the latest far back to those old Roman hosts Whose remains one yet sees, Who loved, laughed, and fought, hailed their friends, drank their toasts At their meeting-times here, just as these!
- by Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928), "After the Fair", appears in Time's Laughingstocks and Other Verses, in At Casterbridge Fair, no. 7, 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 Fair", op. 1 no. 5 (1973), from Casterbridge Fair, no. 5. [text verified 1 time]
- by Frederic Goossen (b. 1927), "After the Fair" [duet for mezzo-soprano and baritone with piano], from At Casterbridge Fair, no. 7. [text not verified]
- by Alfred Matthew Hale (1875 - 1960), "After the Fair", op. 27 no. 7 [voice and piano], from At Casterbridge Fair, no. 7. [text not verified]
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