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Five elegies

Word count: 245

Song Cycle by John McCabe (b. 1939)

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?. Do not go gentle into that good night [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

Translation(s): GER

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  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Geh' Du nicht sanft in jene Gute Nacht", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Do not go gentle into that good night
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First published in Botteghe Oscure (November 1951), revised 1952

?. Eyes that last I saw in tears [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Eyes that last I saw in tears
Through division
Here in death's dream kingdom
The golden vision reappears
I see the eyes but not the tears
This is my affliction

This is my affliction
Eyes I shall not see again
Eyes of decision
Eyes I shall not see unless
At the door of death's other kingdom
Where, as in this,
The eyes outlast a little while
A little while outlast the tears
And hold us in derision.


First published in Chapbook, November 1924, as one of "Doris' Dream Songs"

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