Alone upon the housetops to the North I turn and watch the lightning in the sky, The glamour of thy footsteps in the North. Come back to me, Beloved, or I die! Below my feet the still bazar is laid, Far, far below the weary camels lie, The camels and the captives of thy raid. Come back, Beloved, or I die! My father's wife is old and harsh with years, And drudge of all my father's house am I. My bread is sorrow and my drink is tears. Come back to me, Beloved, or I die!
Song Cycle by Frederic Ayres (1876 - 1926)
1. The Song of the Panthan Girl  [sung text not yet checked]
- by Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936), "The love song of Har Dyal", appears in Plain Tales from the Hills, first published 1888 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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2. Strong as Death  [sung text not yet checked]
O Death, when thou shalt come to me Out of thy dark, where she is now, Let no faint perfume cling to thee Of withered roses on thy brow. Come not, O Death, with hollow tone, And soundless step, and clammy hand - Lo, I am now no less alone Than in thy desolate doubtful land; But with that sweet and subtle scent That ever clung about her (such As with all things she brushed was blent); And with her quick and tender touch. With the dim gold that lit her hair, Crown thyself, Death; let fall thy tread So light that I may dream her there, And turn upon my dying bed. And through my chilling veins shall flame My love, as though beneath her breath; And in her voice but call my name, And I will follow thee, O Death.
- by Henry Cuyler Bunner (1855 - 1896), "Strong as Death", from the magazine The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 50, Issue 297, pp. 50-1, first published 1883 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
3. Triumph  [sung text not yet checked]
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- by William Vaughn Moody (1869 - 1910)