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In the swamp in secluded recesses

Language: English

In the swamp in secluded recesses,
A shy and hidden bird is warbling a song.

Solitary the thrush,
The hermit withdrawn to himself, avoiding the settlements,
Sings by himself a song.

Song of the bleeding throat!
Death's outlet song of life -- (for well, dear brother, I know
If thou wast not [gifted]1 to sing, thou would'st surely die.)


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1 Hindemith, Sessions: "granted"

Submitted by Ahmed E. Ismail

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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:12
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