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Sweep thy faint strings, Musician

Language: English

Sweep thy faint strings, Musician,
  With thy long, lean hand;
Downward the starry tapers burn,
  Sinks soft the waning sand;
The old hound whimpers couched in sleep,
  The embers smoulder low;
Across the wall the shadows
    Come, and go.

Sweep softly thy strings, Musician,
  The minutes mount to hours;
Frost on the windless casement weaves
  A labyrinth of flowers;
Ghosts linger in the darkening air,
  Hearken at the [opening]1 door;
Music hath [called]2 them, dreaming,
    Home once more.

About the headline (FAQ)

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Confirmed with Peacock Pie. A Book of Rhymes by Walter de la Mare, London: Constable & Co. Ltd., [1920], p. 176.

1 Bennett, Gibbs: "open"
2 Gibbs: "brought"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Text added to the website: 2007-05-11 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-01-25 19:48:54

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