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Two songs : for voice and viola (or voice, violin and viola)

Word count: 117

Song Cycle by Geoffrey Allen (b. 1927)

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1. On Betelgeuse [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English


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  On Betelgeuse
the gold leaves hang in golden aisles
for twice a hundred million miles,
and twice a hundred million years
they golden hang and nothing stirs,
  on Betelgeuse.

  Space is a wind that does
not blow on Betelgeuse,
and time - oh time - is a bird,
whose wings have never stirred
the golden avenues of leaves
  on Betelgeuse.

  On Betelgeuse
there is nothing that joys or grieves
the unstirred multitude of leaves,
nor ghost of evil or good haunts
the gold multitude
  on Betelgeuse.

  And birth they do not use
nor death on Betelgeuse,
and the God, of whom we are
infinite dust, is there
a single leaf of those
  gold leaves on Betelgeuse.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

2. On the inland sea

Language: English


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