The Vagabond

The Vagabond er første sang i Ralph Vaghuan Williams sangcyklus "Songs of travel", der handler om et så nytænkende koncept, i slutromatikken, som vandring. I The Vagabond møder vi en protagonist, der tilsyneladende lige har forladt sit hjem, og forsøger at give sig selv mod på sin rejse og at opbygge styrke i trods mod de af naturens krafter, navnlig vinterens kulde, han vil og må overkomme.

Tekst

Give to me the life I love, Let the lave go by me, Give the jolly heaven above, And the byway nigh me Bed in the bush with stars to see, Bread I dip in the river There's a life for a man like me, there's a life forever

Let the blow fall soon or late, Let what will be o'er me; Give the face of earth around, And the road before me. Wealth I seek not, hope nor love Nor a friend to know me; All I seek, the heaven above, And the road below me.

Or let autumn fall on me Where a field I linger Silencing the bird on tree, biting the blue finger. White as meal the frosty field Warm the fireside haven Not the autumn will I yield, Not to winter even!

Let the blow fall soon or late, Let what will be o'er me; Give the face of earth around, And the road before me. Wealth I ask not, hope nor love, nor a friend to know me; All I ask, the heaven above, and the road below me.

Varighed ca. 3:00 min.