There came to the beach a poor exile of Erin; The dew on his thin robe was heavy and chill; For his country he sigh'd, when at twilight repairing, To wander alone by the wind-beaten hill. But the day-star attracted his eye's sad devotion; For it rose o'er his own native isle of the ocean, Where once, in the fire of his youthful emotion, He sung the bold anthem of Erin-go-bragh. "Sad is my fate!" said the heart-broken stranger, "The wild deer and wolf to a cover can flee; "But I have no refuge from famine and danger, "A home and a country remain not [to]1 me. "Never again in the green sunny bowers, "Where my forefathers lived, shall I spend the sweet hours; "Or cover my harp with the wild-woven flowers, "And strike to the numbers of Erin-go-bragh.
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1 Callcott: "for"
- by Thomas Campbell (1777 - 1844) [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 John Wall Callcott (1766 - 1821), "The Exile of Erin", subtitle: "Duet for Two Trebles" [ vocal duet ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809), "The exile of Erin", alternate title: "Erin-gobragh", JHW. XXXII/5 no. 380, Hob. XXXIa no. 203bis [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934), "The Exile of Erin" [ voice and piano ], incomplete [sung text not yet checked]
Research team for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani , Johann Winkler
This text was added to the website: 2012-02-11
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Word count: 139