Far in a Western Brookland


"Far in a Western Brookland" is a song by Libby Larsen setting the poetry of A. E. Housman.

The premiere was given by Joe Dan Harper, tenor and Anne Kissel Harper, piano at the Boston Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA on March 30, 2008. The work was commissioned by the Florestan Recital Project.

Far in a western brookland
That bred me long ago\t\t\t
The poplars stand and tremble\t\t\t
By pools I used to know.\t\t\t
There, in the windless night-time,\t\t
The wanderer, marvelling why,
Halts on the bridge to hearken\t\t\t
How soft the poplars sigh.\t\t\t
He hears: no more remembered
In fields where I was known,\t\t
Here I lie down in London
And turn to rest alone.
There, by the starlit fences,\t\t\t
The wanderer halts and hears,\t\t\t
My soul that lingers sighing
About the glimmering weirs.

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