Great Boy Sopranos of the Early Twentieth Century


I hear thee speak of a better land:
Thou call'st its children a happy band;
Mother, oh where is that radiant shore,
Shall we not seek it and weep no more?
Is it where the flower of the orange blows
And the fire-flies dance through the myrtle boughs?
Not there, not there, my child.
Not there, not there, my child.

Is it where the feathery palm trees rise,
And the date grows ripe under sunny skies,
Or midst the green islands of glittering seas,
Where fragrant forests perfume the breeze,
And strange bright birds on their starry wings
Bear the rich hues of all glorious things?
Not there, not there, my child.
Not there, not there, my child.

Is it far away, in some region old,
Where the rivers wander o'er sands of gold,
Where the burning rays of the ruby shine,
And the diamonds lights up the secret mine,
And the pearl gleams forth from the coral strand,
Is it there, sweet mother, that better land.
Not there, not there, my child.
Not there, not there, my child.

Eye hath not seen it my gentle boy,
Ear hath not heard its deep songs of joy;
Dreams cannot picture a world so fair
Sorrow and death may not enter there:
Time cannot breathe on its fadeless bloom
For beyond the skies and beyond the tomb
'Tis there, 'tis there, my child.
'Tis there, 'tis there, my child.

...MRS FELICIA HEMANS

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The Better Land - Vol. 2 Templar Article
The Better Land - Vol. 3 "The Singer" Article
The Better Land - Vol. 4 April 2000 Concert
The Better Land - Vol. 5 The Debate
The Better Land - Vol. 6 "The Better Land" (Recital)
The Boys Where Are They Now?

Boy Sopranos and the Lost Bel Canto Tradition

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