The eyes that mock me sign the way Whereto I pass at eve of day, Grey way whose violet signals are The trysting and the twining star. Ah star of evil! star of pain! Highhearted youth comes not again Nor old heart's wisdom yet to know The signs that mock me as I go.
About the headline (FAQ)First published in Anglo-French Review, August 1919
- by James Joyce (1882 - 1941), "Bahnhofstrasse", written 1918, appears in Pomes Penyeach, no. 12 [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 Stanley Richard Bate (1913 - 1959), "Bahnhofstrasse", published 1951 [ low voice and piano ], from Five Songs [sung text not yet checked]
- by David Del Tredici (b. 1937), "Bahnhofstrasse", 1959, rev. 1978, first performed 1983, from Two Songs on Poems of James Joyce, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Robin Field (b. 1935), "The eyes that mock me sign the way", 1967 [ tenor, oboe, and string quartet ], from The sly reeds whisper [sung text not yet checked]
- by John Gruen (b. 1927), "Bahnhofstrasse" [ voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Charles Wilfred Orr (1893 - 1976), "Bahnhofstrasse", c1931, published 1933, first performed 1932 [ tenor and piano ], from The Joyce Book, no. 12, from Four Songs for High Voice and Piano, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
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- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Bahnhofstrasse", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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