The vane on Hughley steeple Veers bright, a far-known sign, And there lie Hughley people, And there lie friends of mine. Tall in their midst the tower Divides the shade and sun, And the clock strikes the hour And tells the time to none. To south the headstones cluster, The sunny mounds lie thick; The dead are more in muster At Hughley than the quick. North, for a soon-told number, Chill graves the sexton delves, And steeple-shadowed slumber The slayers of themselves. To north, to south, lie parted, With Hughley tower above, The kind, the single-hearted, The lads I used to love. And, south or north, 'tis only A choice of friends one knows, And I shall ne'er be lonely Asleep with these or those.
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- by Alfred Edward Housman (1859 - 1936), "Hughley Steeple", appears in A Shropshire Lad, no. 61, 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 Charles Wilfred Orr (1893 - 1976), "Hughley Steeple", published 1934 [baritone and piano], from Seven Songs from "A Shropshire Lad", no. 6. [text verified 1 time]
- by John Raynor (1909 - 1970), "Hughley Steeple" [baritone and piano] [text not verified]
- by John Ramsden Williamson (1929 - 2015), "Hughley Steeple - The vane on Hughley Steeple" [baritone and piano] [text not verified]
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry
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