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Oley Speaks
1874 - 1948
United States of America, OH
O. Speaks
Oley Speaks (28/06/1874 – 07/08/1948) was an American composer and songwriter. His compositions include many religious songs, as well as his best-known success, "On the Road to Mandalay", which takes its lyrics from the poem "Mandalay" by Rudyard Kipling. The Canal Winchester Area Historical Society Museum has exhibits about the life of Oley Speaks, including original sheet music written by him.
Composed in:1940
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 -1894)
‘Requiem’ (1940), for voice and piano.
The text of "Requiem" by Stevenson:


Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

R.L. Stevenson