Eugene Field

(2 September 1850 - 4 November 1895 / St Louis / Missouri / United States)

Over The Hills And Far Away - Poem by Eugene Field

Over the hills and far away,
A little boy steals from his morning play
And under the blossoming apple-tree
He lies and he dreams of the things to be:
Of battles fought and of victories won,
Of wrongs o'erthrown and of great deeds done -
Of the valor that he shall prove some day,
Over the hills and far away -
Over the hills, and far away!

Over the hills and far away
It's, oh, for the toil the livelong day!
But it mattereth not to the soul aflame
With a love for riches and power and fame!
On, 0 man! while the sun is high -
On to the certain joys that lie
Yonder where blazeth the noon of day,
Over the hills and far away -
Over the hills, and far away!

Over the hills and far away,
An old man lingers at close of day;
Now that his journey is almost done,
His battles fought and his victories won -
The old-time honesty and truth,
The trustfulness and the friends of youth,
Home and mother-where are they?
Over the hills and far away -
Over the years, and far away!


Comments about Over The Hills And Far Away by Eugene Field

  • (11/7/2016 4:14:00 PM)

    JanattheRanch
    Parts of this poem were used in an episode of The Waltons in 1980. It was read at the graveside of a character, Sweet Billy. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 9, 2010



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