Along the field as we came by A year ago, my love and I, The aspen over stile and stone Was talking to itself alone. "Oh who are these that kiss and pass? A country lover and his lass; Two lovers looking to be wed; And time shall put them both to bed, But she shall lie with earth above, And he beside another love." And sure enough beneath the tree There walks another love with me, And overhead the aspen heaves Its rainy-sounding silver leaves; And I spell nothing in their stir, But now perhaps they speak to her, And plain for her to understand They talk about a time at hand When I shall sleep with clover clad, And she beside another lad.
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- by Alfred Edward Housman (1859 - 1936), no title, appears in A Shropshire Lad, no. 26, first published 1896 [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 Ivor (Bertie) Gurney (1890 - 1937), "The aspens", published 1926 [baritone, string quartet, and piano], from The Western Playland, no. 5. [text verified 1 time]
- by Wendell Keeney , "The aspen", published 1940. [voice and piano] [text not verified]
- by Charles Wilfred Orr (1893 - 1976), "Along the field", published 1934 [baritone and piano], from Seven Songs from "A Shropshire Lad" [text verified 1 time]
- by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958), "Along the field", 1927, published 1954, rev. 1954 [voice and violin], from Along the Field, no. 1. [text verified 1 time]
- by John Ramsden Williamson (1929 - 2015), "Along the fields as we came by" [baritone and piano] [text not verified]
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry
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