Edward Thomas’s poem ‘The Bridge’ begins ‘I have come a long way today: On a strange bridge alone …’. Some years ago I set three of his poems for voice with flute, viola and harp (‘The Unknown Bird’). I have now added a second cycle of three songs, this time with piano: ‘The Bridge’, ‘Will you Come?’ and ‘For These’.
‘For These’ was written in 1915 in the same month he enlisted. He was killed by a shell, aged 39, at Arras in 1917.