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I Will Breath a Mountain: A Song Cycle from American Women Poets

Word count: 1214

Song Cycle by William Bolcom (b. 1938)

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1. Pity me not because the light of day


Pity me not because the light of day
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2. How to swing those obbligatos around


He had shag hair & a boutique
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3. The crazy woman


I shall not sing a May song
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4. Just once


Just once I knew what life was for
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5. Never more will the wind


Never more will the wind
cherish you again,
never more will the rain.

Never more
shall we find you bright
in the snow and wind.

The snow is melted,
the snow is gone,
and you are flown:

Like a bird out of our hand,
like a light out of our heart,
you are gone.


6. The sage


The cat is eating the roses
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7. O to be a dragon


If I, like Solomon,
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8. The bustle in a house


The bustle in a house
The morning after death
Is solemnest of industries
Enacted upon earth, -

The sweeping up the heart,
And putting love away
We shall not want to use again
Until eternity.


9. I saw Eternity


O beautiful Forever!
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10. Night practice


will/ remember
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11. The fish


I caught a tremendous fish
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