I wrote the tune for A Shropshire Lad XVIII (Oh when I was in love with you) back in the 80s (and always sang it unaccompanied). Much more recently, I noticed that the same tune fits just as well for XIII (When I was one-and-twenty).
Update: here’s a version that combines the two pieces with a linking ‘orchestral’ section.
More information https://davidharleysongs.wordpress.com/2015/03/29/when-i-was-one-and-twenty-demo/.
Poem by A.E. Housman, set to a tune by David Harley. All rights reserved.
The lyric from XVIII is available from the Housman Society.
XVIII Oh, when I was in love with you, Then I was clean and brave, And miles around the wonder grew How well did I behave. And now the fancy passes by, And nothing will remain, And miles around they'll say that I Am quite myself again.
Here’s a demo of XVIII with guitar accompaniment:
The Housman Society also has the lyric for XIII.
XIII When I was one-and-twenty I heard a wise man say, "Give crowns and pounds and guineas But not your heart away; Give pearls away and rubies But keep your fancy free." But I was one-and-twenty, No use to talk to me. When I was one-and-twenty I heard him say again, "The heart out of the bosom Was never given in vain; 'Tis paid with sighs a plenty And sold for endless rue." And I am two-and-twenty, And oh, 'tis true, 'tis true.
And here’s a demo of XIII: It’s not yet in my live repertoire, but I’m thinking that the two might make a good back-to-back recording, starting with XVIII, proceeding to an instrumental section and then to XIII. Watch this space.
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