Across the World (Villanelle)

(1894)

"Across the World", op. 20 is also arranged for voice, piano, violin, and cello.

Across the World
by Edith M. Thomas


Across the world I speak to thee;
Where'er thou art (I know not where),
Send thou a messenger to me.


I here remain who would be free,
To seek thee out through foul or fair,
Across the world I speak to thee.


Whether beneath the tropic tree,
The cooling night-wind fans thy hair, --
Send thou a messenger to me!


Whether upon the rushing sea,
A foamy track thy keel doth wear, --
Across the world I speak to thee.


Whether in yonder star thou be,
A spirit loosed in purple air, --
Send thou a messenger to me!


Hath heaven not left thee memory
Of what was well in mortal's share?
Across the world I speak to thee;
Send thou a messenger to me!


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