Will's at the dance in the Club-room below, Where the tall liquor-cups foam; I on the pavement up here by the Bow, Wait, wait, to steady him home. Will and his partner are treading a tune, Loving companions they be; Willy, before we were married in June, Said he loved no one but me; Said he would let his old pleasures all go Ever to live with his Dear. Will's at the dance in the Club-room below, Shivering I wait for him here.
- by Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928), "A Wife Waits", appears in Time's Laughingstocks and Other Verses, in At Casterbridge Fair, no. 6, first published 1909 [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 Andrew Downes (b. 1950), "A Wife Waits", op. 1 no. 3 (1973), from Casterbridge Fair, no. 3. [text verified 1 time]
- by Frederic Goossen (b. 1927), "A wife waits" [duet for mezzo-soprano and baritone with piano], from At Casterbridge Fair, no. 6. [text not verified]
- by Alfred Matthew Hale (1875 - 1960), "A Wife Waits", op. 27 no. 6 [voice and piano], from At Casterbridge Fair, no. 6. [text not verified]
- by Betty Roe (b. 1930), "A Wife Waits", published 2005 [solo male voices and female voices and piano], from Three Hardy Conversations, no. 1. [text verified 1 time]
- by Irwin Spector (b. 1916), "A Wife Waits" [mezzo-soprano, piano] [text not verified]
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