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Anacaona

Word count: 346

Song Cycle by Boris Blacher (1903 - 1975)

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1. A dark Indian maiden [ sung text not verified ]

Language: English

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A dark Indian maiden,
Warbling in the bloom'd liana,
Stepping lightly flower-laden,
By the crimson-eyed anana,
Wantoning in orange groves
Naked, and dark-limb'd, and gay,
Bathing in the slumbrous coves,
In the cocoa-shadow'd coves,
Of sunbright Xaraguay,
Who was so happy as Anacaona,
The beauty of Espagnola,
The golden flower of Hayti?


Submitted by Emily Ezust

2. All her loving childhood [ sung text not verified ]

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All her loving childhood 
Breezes from the palm and canna
Fann'd this queen of the green wildwood,
Lady of the green Savannah:
All day long with laughing eyes,
Dancing by a palmy bay,
In the wooded paradise,
The cedar-wooded paradise
Of still Xaraguay:
None were so happy as Anacaona,
The beauty of Espagnola,
The golden flower of Hayti!


Submitted by Emily Ezust

3. In the purple island [ sung text not verified ]

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In the purple island,
Crown'd with garlands of cinchona,
Lady over wood and highland,
The Indian queen, Anacaona,
Dancing on the blossomy plain
To a woodland melody:
Playing with the scarlet crane,
The dragon-fly and scarlet crane,
Beneath the papao tree!
Happy happy was Anacaona,
The beauty of Espagnola,
The golden flower of Hayti!


Submitted by Emily Ezust

4. The white man's white sail [ sung text not verified ]

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The white man's white sail, bringing
To happy Hayti the new-comer,
Over the dark sea-marge springing,
Floated in the silent summer:
Then she brought the guava fruit,
With her maidens to the bay;
She gave them the yuccaroot,
Maizebread and the yuccaroot,
Of sweet Xaraguay:
Happy, happy Anacaona,
The beauty of Espagnola,
The golden flower of Hayti!


Submitted by Emily Ezust

5. Naked, without fear, moving [ sung text not verified ]

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Naked, without fear, moving
To her Areyto's mellow ditty,
Waving a palm branch, wondering, loving,
Carolling "Happy, happy Hayti!"
She gave the white men welcome all,
With her damsels by the bay;
For they were fair-faced and tall,
They were more fair-faced and tall,
Than the men of Xaraguay,
And they smiled on Anacaona,
The beauty of Espagnola,
The golden flower of Hayti!


Submitted by Emily Ezust

6. Following her wild carol [ sung text not verified ]

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Following her wild carol
She led them down the pleasant places,
For they were kingly in apparel,
Loftily stepping with fair faces.
But never more upon the shore
Dancing at the break of day,
In the deep wood no more, -- 
By the deep sea no more, -- 
No more in Xaraguay
Wander'd happy Anacaona,
The beauty of Espagnola,
The golden flower of Hayti!


Submitted by Emily Ezust

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