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Five Songs from a Shropshire Lad

   Lyrics by A.E. Housman  -- piano and voice

                                Is My Team Ploughing?
                                When I Was One-and-Twenty
                                Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now
                                Into My Heart an Air That Kills
                                With Rue My Heart Is Laden

   My discipline was to keep the verse structures intact, not even to repeat a line.
   I felt that the music, especially the melody, was already in the lyrics and my job was to extract it.

  There is a "typo" in the fourth selection, "Into My Heart an Air That Kills":
  "This is the land of lost content" should be "That is the land of loss content."
As far as I know, this is first musical setting of this poem.