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Despite and still

Word count: 405

Song Cycle by Samuel Barber (1910 - 1981)

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1. A last song [ sung text checked 1 time]

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A last song, and a very last, and yet another
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2. My lizard [ sung text checked 1 time]

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My lizard, my lively writher
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3. In the wilderness [ sung text checked 1 time]

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Dans le désert", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


[He,]1 of his gentleness,
Thirsting and hungering
Walked in the Wilderness;
Soft words of grace he spoke
Unto lost desert-folk
That listned wondering.
He heard the bittern call
From ruined palace-wall,
Answered him brotherly;
He held communion
With the she-pelican
Of lonely piety.
Basilisk, cockatrice,
Flocked to his homilies,
With mail of dread device,
With monstrous barbed stings,
With eager dragon-eyes;
Great bats on leathern wings
And old, blind, broken things
Mean in their miseries.
Then ever with him went,
Of all his wanderings
Comrade, with ragged coat,
Gaunt ribs -- poor innocent --
Bleeding foot, burning throat,
The guileless young scapegoat;
For forty nights and days
Followed in Jesus' ways,
Sure guard behind him kept,
Tears like a lover wept.


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1 Bainton: "Christ"

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4. Solitary hotel [ sung text checked 1 time]

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Hôtel solitaire", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Solitary hotel in mountain pass.
Autumn. Twilight. Fire lit.
In dark corner young man seated.
Young woman enters.
Restless. Solitary. She sits.
She goes to window. She stands.
She sits. Twilight. She thinks.
On solitary hotel-paper she writes.
She thinks. She writes. She sighs.
Wheels and hoofs. She hurries out.
He comes from his dark corner.
He seizes solitary paper.
He holds it towards fire.
Twilight. He reads. Solitary.
What? In sloping, upright and backhands.
Queen's hotel, Queen's hotel, Queen's ho-...


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5. Despite and still [ sung text checked 1 time]

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Have you not read
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