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Charivaria

Word count: 191

Song Cycle by (Edward) Maurice Besly (1888 - 1945)

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?. Afternoon on a hill [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun,
I will touch a hundred flowers
And [not pick one.]1

I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
And the grass rise.

And when lights begin to show
Up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine
And then start down.


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1 Grier: "pick not one."

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?. To the Not Impossible Him [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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How shall I know, unless I go
To Cairo and Cathay,
Whether or not this blessed spot
Is blest in every way?

Now it may be, the flower for me
Is this beneath my nose:
How shall I tell, unless I smell
The Carthaginian rose?

The fabric of my faithful love
No power shall dim or ravel
Whilst I stay here, -- but oh, my dear,
If I should ever travel!


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?. Epitaph [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Heap not on this mound
  Roses that she loved so well;
Why bewilder her with roses,
  That she cannot see or smell ?
She is happy where she lies
With the dust upon her eyes.


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?. My candle burns at both ends [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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My candle burns at both ends;
    It will not last the night; 
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends --
    It gives a lovely light!


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