"Evening comes, the voices
of our homeland echo far away,
Evening comes, our hearts
will dream of childhood till the break of day.
Singing of the sadness of broken hearts and weary souls,
Dreaming of the promise of happiness that will unfold.
Sweetly singing far away, sweetly singing far away.
Come, then let us journey on."
Girls' Chorus from Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin
Performed by St. Matthew's Choir, London*
Though not from Brigadoon, Tchaikovsky's tune of homesickness conveys a similar wistful sentiment, as does the following Pueblo Indian Blessing:
"Hold on to what is good
even if it is a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe
even if it is a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do
even if it is a long way from here.
Hold on to life even when
it is easier letting go.
Hold on to my hand even when . . . "
I journey on.
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"Simple Words at Parting"
Thanks to Mary Kate McKenna
for posting the Pueblo Blessing
* An even lovelier version of the Girls' Chorus from "Eugene Onegin" can be found on the CD Tchaikovsky Discovers America, part of the highly instructive and entertaining Classical Kids Collection.