Reaping the Whirlwind / The Harvest of War

by Jeffrey Van (b. 1941)

Word count: 83

. The Grave of Him I Love [sung text not yet checked]

O how shall I warble myself for the dead one there I loved?
And how shall I deck my soul for the large sweet soul that has gone?
And what shall my perfume be [for]1 the grave of him I love?

Sea-winds blown from the east and west,
Blown from the Eastern sea and blown from the Western sea, [till there on the prairies meeting,
These and]2 with these [and the breath of my chant,]2
[I'll]3 perfume the grave of him I love.


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

Set by by Jeffrey Van (b. 1941)
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1 Sessions: "to adorn"
2 omitted by Sessions
3 Sessions: "Will I"

Researcher for this text: Ahmed E. Ismail