Twice a week the winter thorough Here stood I to keep the goal: Football then was fighting sorrow For the young man's soul. Now in Maytime to the wicket Out I march with bat and pad: See the son of grief at cricket Trying to be glad. Try I will; no harm in trying: Wonder 'tis how little mirth Keeps the bones of man from lying On the bed of earth.
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- by Alfred Edward Housman (1859 - 1936), no title, appears in A Shropshire Lad, no. 17, 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 Geoffrey Allen (b. 1927), "Twice a week the winter thorough [sic]", op. 10 no. 3 (1995) [tenor and piano], from Bredon Hill : eight songs for tenor voice and piano to poems of A. E. Housman, no. 3. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (1933 - 2010), "Twice a week the winter thorough", c1933. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Ivor (Bertie) Gurney (1890 - 1937), "Twice a week", published 1926 [baritone, string quartet, and piano], from The Western Playland, no. 4. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by John (Nicholson) Ireland (1879 - 1962), "Goal and wicket", published 1921 [voice and piano], from The Land of Lost Content, no. 3. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Charles Turner (b. 1921), "In Youth and May", published <<1969. [medium voice and piano] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by John Ramsden Williamson (1929 - 2015), "Twice a week the winter through" [baritone and piano] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry
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