The Roadside fire (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

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Contributor: David Newman (submitted 2008-06-08).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 322 kB    Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Cross posting by Art Song Central. File Size: MIDI: 12 KB.

General Information

Title: The Roadside Fire
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Lyricist: Robert Louis Stevenson

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Baritone solo
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

Published: 1905

Description: "The Roadside Fire" is Number 3 in a set of 9 songs in the set of nine songs called "Songs of Travel".

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Original text and translations

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I will make you brooches and toys for your delight
Of bird-song at morning and star-shine at night,
I will make a palace fit for you and me
Of green days in forests, and blue days at sea.

I will make my kitchen, and you shall keep your room,
Where white flows the river and bright blows the broom;
And you shall wash your linen and keep your body white
In rainfall at morning and dewfall at night.

And this shall be for music when no one else is near,
The fine song for singing, the rare song to hear!
That only I remember, that only you admire,
Of the broad road that stretches and the roadside fire.