By the roadside

Song Cycle by Ronald A. Beckett

Word count: 135

1. A farm picture [sung text not yet checked]

Through the ample open door of the peaceful country barn,
A sun-lit pasture field, with cattle and horses feeding;
And haze, and vista, and the far horizon, fading away.

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Confirmed with Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, Philadelphia: David McKay, [c1900].


Researcher for this text: Thomas A. Gregg

2. A child's amaze [sung text not yet checked]

Silent and amazed even when a little boy,
I remember I heard the preacher every Sunday put God in his statements,
As contending against some being or influence.

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

3. Beautiful women [sung text not yet checked]

Women sit, or move to and fro—some old, some young;
The young are beautiful—but the old are more beautiful than the young.

Authorship

Confirmed with Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, Philadelphia: David McKay, 1900.


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

4. Mother and babe [sung text not yet checked]

I see the sleeping babe nestling the breast of its mother,
The sleeping mother and babe -- hush'd, I study them long and long.

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

5. The runner [sung text not yet checked]

On a flat road runs the well-train'd runner;
He is lean and sinewy, with muscular legs;
He is thinly clothed--he leans forward as he runs,
With lightly closed fists, and arms partially rais'd.

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]