Farewell (Jon Corelis)
- (Posted 2011-09-05) CPDL #24367:
- Editor: Jon Corelis (submitted 2011-09-05). Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 68 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes:
First published: 2011
Description: My musical setting for one of the best known poems from A. E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad. The melody is my reworking of the old sea song The Flying Cloud. Written for male tenor; the voice in this sound file simulated by cello, though probably higher than a cello would easily play.The piano accompaniment has been called too heavy, but I wanted a heavy effect; comments on this would be welcome. The lyrics are on the .pdf score but for convenience are also given below.
Original text and translations
Farewell (from A Shropshire Lad)
Farewell to barn and stack and tree,
Farewell to Severn shore.
Terence, look your last at me,
For I come home no more.
‘The sun burns on the half-mown hill,
By now the blood is dried;
And Maurice amongst the hay lies still
And my knife is in his side.
‘My mother thinks us long away;
’Tis time the field were mown.
She had two sons at rising day,
To-night she'll be alone.
‘And here's a bloody hand to shake,
And oh, man, here's good-bye;
We'll sweat no more on scythe and rake,
My bloody hands and I.
‘I wish you strength to bring you pride,
And a love to keep you clean,
And I wish you luck, come Lammastide,
At racing on the green.
‘Long for me the rick will wait,
And long will wait the fold,
And long will stand the empty plate,
And dinner will be cold.’