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Five songs from A E Housman for tenor and piano
Piano Accompaniment, Tenor Voice - Digital Download
Composed by Jon Corelis. Sheet Music Single. 14 pages. Published by Jon Corelis (S0.873603).
Item Number: S0.873603
New version of 15 September 2020.
Please note that while this composition is based on poems in the public domain, my arrangement of them is an original creative work under copyright. You may feel free to share or link to it by the usual means. For performance permission, please see:
The lyrics are in the score, but for convenience I give them below.
Five songs by A. E. Housman
On your midnight pallet lying,
listen and undo the door;
lads that waste the light in sighing i
n the dark should sigh no more;
night should ease a lover's sorrow;
therefore, since I go tomorrow,
pity me before.
In the land to which I travel,
the far dwelling, let me say,
once, if here the couch is gravel,
in a kinder bed I lay,
and the breast the darnel smothers
rested once upon another's
when it was not clay.
Say, lad, have you things to do?
Quick then, while your day's at prime.
Quick, and if 'tis work for two,
Here am I, man: now's your time.
Send me now, and I shall go;
call me, I shall hear you call;
use me ere they lay me low
where a man's no use at all;
Ere the wholesome flesh decay,
and the willing nerve be numb,
and the lips lack breath to say,
"No, my lad, I cannot come."
From far, from eve and morning
and yon twelvewinded sky,
the stuff of life to knit me
blew hither: here am I,
blew hither: here am I.
Now, for a breath I tarry
nor yet disperse apart,
take my hand quick and tell me,
what have you in your heart,
what have you in your heart.
Speak now, and I will answer,
how shall I help you, say;
ere to the wind's twelve quarters
I take my endless way,
I take my endless way.
If truth in hearts that perish
could move the powers on high,
I think the love I bear you
should make you not to die.
Sure, sure, if sted fast meaning,
if single thought could save,
the world might end tomorrow,
you should not see the grave.
This long and sure set liking,
this boundless will to please,
Oh, you should live for ever
if there were help in these.
But now since all is idle,
to this lost heart be kind,
ere to a town you journey
where friends are ill to find.
You smile upon your friend today,
today his ills are over;
you hearken to the lover's say,
and happy is the lover.
'Tis late to hearken, late to smile,
but better late than never:
I shall have lived a little while
before I die forever.
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