Three Greek Epigrams

Song Cycle by (Ivy) Priaulx Rainier (1903 - 1986)

1. A bird [sung text not yet checked]

You will never rise up again 
with a flutter of thick wings 
and rouse me from my bed in the morning. 
For a thief came silently 
upon you in your sleep and killed you, 
pressing his finger into your throat.

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2. For a fountain [sung text not yet checked]

O wanderer, rest your tired limbs under this elm. 
The breeze murmurs in the light green branches; 
Drink a cool draught from the spring. 
This restingplace is dear to wayfarers in the hot summer.

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3. A dolphin [sung text not yet checked]

No more exulting in the calm sea
shall I rise from the depths 
and thrust through the waves; 
No more shall I rush 
past the beautiful prow of a fair rowlocked ship 
delighting in my image on the figurehead. 
The dark waters of the sea dashed me to land, 
and I lie here upon this narrow shore.

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
Total word count: 131