The Farms of Home

The Farms of Home is the first song from Jake Heggie's song cycle Facing Forward/Looking Back. The original text was written by A.E. Housman, a British author and poet.

Date: 2005Composer: Jake HeggieText: A. E. HousmanSong Collection: Here and Gone

Print vitals & song text


“The farms of home lie lost in even”

By A.E. Housman


The farms of home lie lost in even,

I see far off the steeple stand;

West and away from here to heaven

Still is the land.


There if I go no girl will greet me,

No comrade hollo from the hill,

No dog run down the yard to meet me:

The land is still.


The land is still by farm and steeple,

And still for me the land may stay:

There I was friends with perished people,

And there lie they.


Passing By

(Raymond Carver, Jake Heggie, A. E. Housman, Vachel Lindsay and Edna St. Vincent Millay)


Support us and help us grow

Dear friends, Thank you for helping us build a comprehensive online archive of American song. Your gift is greatly appreciated.