Youth and love (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

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Contributor: David Newman (submitted 2008-06-08).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 314 kB    Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Cross posting by Art Song Central.

General Information

Title: Youth and Love
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Lyricist: Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

Published: 1907

Description: "Youth and Love" is Number 4 in the set of nine songs called "Songs of Travel".

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Original text and translations

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To the heart of youth the world is a highwayside.
Passing for ever, he fares; and on either hand,
Deep in the gardens golden pavilions hide,
Nestle in orchard bloom, and far on the level land
Call him with lighted lamp in the eventide.

Thick as stars at night when the moon is down,
Pleasures assail him. He to his nobler fate
Fares; and but waves a hand as he passes on,
Cries but a wayside word to her at the garden gate,
Sings but a boyish stave and his face is gone.