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Five songs

Word count: 88

Song Cycle by William Baines (1899 - 1922)

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1. Fountains

Language: English

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2. Fern song

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3. By the sea [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

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Why does the sea moan evermore?
Shut out from heaven it makes its moan,
It frets against the boundary shore;
All earth's full rivers cannot fill
The sea, that drinking thirsteth still.

Sheer miracles of loveliness
Lie hid in its unlooked-on bed:
Anemones, salt, passionless,
Blow flower-like; just enough alive
To blow and multiply and thrive.

Shells quaint with curve, or spot, or spike,
Encrusted live things argus-eyed,
All fair alike, yet all unlike,
Are born without a pang, and die
Without a pang, and so pass by.


Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani

4. A lyric (The vigil)

Language: English after the Greek (Ελληνικά)

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5. Morning

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