The land of dreams (Huub de Lange)
- Editor: Huub de Lange (submitted 2008-07-03). Score information: A4, 13 pages, 425 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes:
Title: The Land of Dreams
Composer: Huub de Lange
Lyricist: William Blake
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Secular, Partsong
First published: 2008
Description: #2 from Four Romantic Poems, recent settings of poems by Emily Dickinson, William Blake, Alice Stuart and A.B. Banjo Peterson
Original text and translations
'Awake, awake, my little boy!
Thou wast thy mother's only joy;
Why dost thou weep in thy gentle sleep?
Awake! Thy father does thee keep.'
'O, what land is the Land of Dreams?
What are its mountains, and what are its streams?
O father! I saw my mother there,
Among the lilies by waters fair.'
'Among the lambs, clothed in white,
She walk'd with her Thomas in sweet delight.
I wept for joy, like a dove I mourn;
O! when shall I again return?'
'Dear child, I also by pleasant streams
Have wander'd all night in the Land of Dreams;
But tho' calm and warm the waters wide,
I could not get to the other side.'
'Father, O father! what do we here
In this land of unbelief and fear?
The Land of Dreams is better far
Above the light of the morning star.'