LAKE ISLE OF INNISFREE

by Amy Stephen

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This delightful song, simple and folk-like, uses the famous poem by W.B. Yeats. The tune is by Elsie Stephen, and arranged for choir and Celtic harp (or piano) by her daughter, Amy.

LYRICS

I WILL arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

poem by W.B. Yeats

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