Six Songs for Voice and Piano to Poems by Adelaide Crapsey

Song Cycle by Harrison Kerr (1897 - 1978)

Word count: 193

1. Triolet [sung text not yet checked]

I make my shroud but no one knows,
So shimmering fine it is and fair,
With stitches set in even rows.
I make my shroud but no one knows.

In door-way where the lilac blows,
Humming a little wandering air,
I make my shroud and no one knows,
So shimmering fine it is and fair.

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2. Old love [sung text not yet checked]

More dim than waning moon
Thy face, more faint
Than is the falling wind
Thy voice, yet do
Thine eyes most strangely glow,
Thou ghost ... thou ghost.

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3. Dirge [sung text not yet checked]

Never the nightingale,
   oh my dear,
 Never again the lark
   Thou wilt hear;
[Though]1 dusk and the morning still
Tap at thy window-sill,
Though ever love call and call
Thou wilt not hear at all,
 My dear, my dear.

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1 Robinson: "Tho'", passim

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4. Fate [sung text not yet checked]

As it
Were tissue of silver
I'll wear, O Fate, thy grey,
And go mistily radiant, clad
Like the moon. 

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5. The old, old winds [sung text not yet checked]

The old
Old winds that blew
When chaos was, what do
They tell the clattered trees that I
Should weep? 

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6. A white moth flew [sung text not yet checked]

Just now,
Out of the strange
Still dusk . . . as strange, as still . . .
A white moth flew . . . Why am I grown
So cold?

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Note: Bottelier's setting begins with the title "The warning"

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