Home‑thoughts, from abroad
Oh, to be in England
Now that April's there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England - now!!
And after April, when May follows,
And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows!
Hark, where my blossomed pear-tree in the hedge
Leans to the field and scatters on the clover
Blossoms and dewdrops - at the bent spray's edge -
That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture!
And though the fields look rough with hoary dew,
All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
The buttercups, the little children's dower
- Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!
M. Brahe sets stanza 1
R. Clarke sets lines 1-16
D. Hinkle sets stanza 1
A. Rowley sets stanza 1
B. Shapleigh sets lines 1-16
A. Wilson sets lines 1-16
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text),
listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
by Geoffrey Allen (b. 1927)
, "Home‑thoughts, from abroad", op. 2 no. 2, published 1993 [soprano and piano], from Two Browning songs, no. 2.
by Frederic Austin (1872 - 1952)
, "Home-thoughts, from abroad", published 1909. [high voice and piano]
by Granville Ransome Bantock, Sir (1868 - 1946)
, "Home-thoughts", 1920, published 1920 [voice and piano], from Dramatic Lyrics Set I, no. 5.
by May Hanna Brahe (1884 - 1956)
, "Oh, to be in England", published 1915, stanza 1 [medium voice and piano], from Two songs
by Reginald B. Clarke
, "Home-thoughts, from abroad", published 1903, lines 1-16. [high voice and piano]
by Greville Cooke
, "Oh, to be in England", published 1928. [SSAATTBB chorus a cappella]
by J. Crawford
, "Home-thoughts, from abroad", published 1871. [four-part chorus]
by Alma Goatley
, "Now that April's there", published 1917 [soprano or tenor and piano], from Two songs
by Michael (Dewar) Head (1900 - 1976)
, "Oh to be in England", published 1960. [voice and piano]
by Daisy Hinkle
, "Home-thoughts, from abroad", 1928, stanza 1. [mezzo-soprano and piano]
by Paul Kerby (1903 - 1971)
, "Oh, to be in England", published <<1940. [voice and piano]
by Alec Rowley (1892 - 1958)
, "Oh, to be in England", stanza 1. [vocal duet with piano]
by Bertram Shapleigh (1871 - 1940)
, "Oh, to be in England", published 1906, lines 1-16 [alto and piano], from Three English Songs
by Grace White
, "Home-thoughts, from abroad", published 1917 [violin and piano], from Three Descriptions from Browning
by Maude Valérie White (1855 - 1937)
, "Home-thoughts, from abroad", published 1885 [medium-high voice and piano], London: Stanley Lucas, Weber & Co.
by Florence Wickins
, "Oh, to be in England", published 1903. [duet for mezzo-soprano and baritone with piano]
by Alec Wilson
, "Oh, to be in England", published 1908, lines 1-16. [high voice and piano]
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