To A Friend may be performed independently or together with Fare Thee Well. When performed together, To A Friend should precede Fare Thee Well, and be performed without pause. If performed together, the works should be programmed as "To A Friend, Fare Thee Well" with each piece listed as follows:
To A Friend, Fare Thee Well
I. To A Friend
II. Fare Thee Well
I ask but one thing of you, only one,
That always you will be my dream of you;
That never shall I wake to find untrue
All this I have believed and rested on,
Forever vanished, like a vision gone
Out into the night. Alas, how few
There are who strike in us a chord we knew
Existed, but so seldom heard its tone
We tremble at the half-forgotten sound.
The world is full of rude awakenings
And heaven-born castles shattered to the ground,
Yet still our human longing vainly clings
To a belief in beauty through all wrongs.
O stay your hand, and leave my heart its songs!