He would not stay for me; and who can wonder? He would not stay for me to stand and gaze. I shook his hand and tore my heart in sunder And went with half my life about my ways.
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- by Alfred Edward Housman (1859 - 1936), appears in A. E. H., first published 1937 [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 Lennox Randal Francis Berkeley, Sir (1903 - 1989), "He would not stay for me" [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Peggy Glanville-Hicks (1912 - 1990), "He would not stay", published 1952 [medium voice and piano], from Five Songs, no. 2. [ sung text not verified ]
- by Robert Hugill , "He would not stay for me" [baritone and piano], from Four Songs to Texts by A. E. Housman, no. 2. [ sung text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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