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Two Songs

Word count: 123

Song Cycle by Henry Dixon Cowell (1897 - 1965)

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1. Sunset


The hour of ruin is begun
In glimmer of the western tide.
The golden lava of the sun
Floods down the cloudy mountainside
 
And brings a death of fire and pain
Those ancient cities have not known
Who perished underneath a rain
Of hissing rock and molten stone.
 
Death coursing with a swift delight
Shall overtake me as I stand
Before the coming of the light
Upon the burning western land.


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2. Rest


Anchor your flight, o winging birds,
To summer's many-nested trees;
And stars, throw down your silver cords
That bind you deeply to the seas.
 
There may be then one low-built shore
Where our unquiet minds find rest,
Such as the star knows in the deep
And the sleeping bird in the nest.


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