Aria lyrics for male soprano/countertenor and harpsichord.
For the background of this aria compsition, you must read A.S. Byatt’s The Children’s Book novel to understand. As for the music, I have not yet composed it.
I walked one Mid-Summer’s eve
And climbed the House upon the Tree
Gathered my memories of childhood and dreams
And let them fall dead like the sunken leaves.
Return, return, return I did to it
And found it fallen, slain and chopped to bits
No pain I felt, not weep nor grieve
My life is plain, false, like wind, the water and the Underground.
I walk, I walked and still walked far
Finding no goal or end before my very steps
I looked in the hole of a stone and saw the sea
Coat and shoe discarded; I still walked on and let it take me.