Songs of Love and Death

Song Cycle by Marjorie M. Rusche

Word count: 644

1. Wild nights [sung text checked 1 time]

Wild nights! -- Wild nights!
Were I with thee,
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!

Futile -- the [Wind]1 --
To a heart in port, --
Done with the Compass, --
Done with the Chart!

Rowing in Eden --
Ah! the Sea!
Might I but moor -- Tonight --
In thee!

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  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Mei Foong Ang) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , "Sturmnacht! - Sturmnacht!", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Notti selvagge! Notti di tempesta!", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 note: sometimes "Winds". Hoiby, Leisner, Rusche, A. Thomas: "Winds"

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2. An Irish airman foresees his death [sung text checked 1 time]

I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate,
Those that I guard I do not love;
My country is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan's poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.
Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Un aviateur irlandais prévoit sa mort", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Confirmed with W. B. Yeats, Later Poems, Macmillan and Co., London, 1926, page 245.


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3. I can wade Grief [sung text checked 1 time]

I can wade Grief —
Whole Pools of it —
I'm used to that —
But the least push of Joy
Breaks up my feet —
And I tip — drunken —
[ ... ]

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Waten durch Leid", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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4. This is just to say [sung text checked 1 time]

I have eaten
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5. I heard a fly buzz [sung text checked 1 time]

I heard a Fly buzz -- when I died -- 
The Stillness [in the Room]1
Was like the Stillness in the Air -- 
Between the Heaves of Storm.

The Eyes [around]2 -- had wrung them dry -- 
And Breaths were gathering [sure]3
For that last Onset -- when the King
Be witnessed -- in [the Room]4 -- 

I willed my Keepsakes -- Signed away
What portion of me [be
Assignable -- and then it was]5
There interposed a Fly -- 

With Blue -- uncertain stumbling Buzz -- 
Between the light -- and me -- 
And then the Windows failed -- and then
I could not see to see --

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1 some versions of the original poem have "round my form"
2 "" : "beside"
3 "" : "firm" (used by Rusche)
4 "" : "his power"
5 "" : "I / Could make assignable, -- and then"

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6. The hanging man [sung text checked 1 time]

By the roots of my hair some god got hold of me
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7. Mary's eyes [sung text checked 1 time]

Mary's eyes are blue as azure
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8. After Reading St. John the Divine [sung text checked 1 time]

Moon's glow by sevenfold multiplied turned red
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9. Love comes quietly [sung text checked 1 time]

Love comes quietly
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10. Living [sung text checked 1 time]

The fire in leaf and grass
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