Instrumentation: Bass Clarinet/Baritone Saxophone
I never knew the road From which the whole earth didn't call away, With wild birds rounding the hill crowns, Haling out of the heart an old dismay, Or the shore somewhere pounding its slow code, Or low-lighted towns Seeming to tell me, stay.
Lands I have never seen And shall not see, loves I will not forget, All I have missed, or slighted, or foregone Call to me now. And weaken me. And yet I would not walk a road without a scene. I listen going on, The richer for regret.
-Richard Wilbur, 1950