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The Song of the Wandering Aengus

[poem William Butler Yeats, tune Richard Dyer-Bennett]

Jake Walton sang The Song of Wandering Aengus in 1976 on his, Roger Nicholson and Andrew Cronshaw's Trailer album Times and Traditions for Dulcimer.

Martyn Wyndham-Read sang Wandering Aengus in 1981 on his Fellside album Emu Plains. A.L. Lloyd commented in the album's liner notes:

The words of this handsome song of an elusive and haunting fairy girl were written by W.B. Yeats and first printed in his Wind Among the Reeds in 1899.

Danny Spooner sang The Song of the Wandering Aengus on his 1987 album When a Man's in Love. He noted:

This magical poem is the work of the great Anglo-Irish poet W.B. Yeats. Here a human glimpses the unattainable, the ideal supernatural lover, but the poem also suggests lost love or missed opportunities. The tune is said to have been set by one Richard Dyer-Bennett.

Steve Tilston sang Song of the Wandering Aengus in 2013 on his CD Happenstance.


Danny Spooner sings The Song of the Wandering Aengus

I went out in the hazel-wood, because a fire was in my head,
Cut and peeled a hazel-wand and tied a berry to a thread.
And when white moths were on the wing and moth like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in the stream and caught a little silver trout.

When I had laid it on the ground and turned to stir the fire to flame,
Something rustled on the floor and someone called me by my name.
It had become a glimmering girl, with apple blossom in her hair,
Who called me by my name and ran and vanished in the lightening air.

Though I am old with wandering, through hilly land and hollow land,
I will find out where she has gone and kiss her lips and hold her hand;
And wander mid long dappled grass and pluck till time and times are done,
The silver apples of the Moon, the golden apples of the Sun.