Two songs

Song Cycle by John Woods Duke (1899 - 1984)

Word count: 84

1. Little elegy [sung text checked 1 time]

[Withouten]1 you
No rose can grow;
No leaf be green
If never seen
Your sweetest face;
No bird have grace
Or [power]2 to sing;
Or anything
Be kind, or fair,
And you nowhere.


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , "Klagelied", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 Rorem: "Without"
2 Duke, Howe: "pow'r"

Research team for this text: Ted Perry , Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]

2. The bird [sung text checked 1 time]

O clear and musical,
Sing again! Sing again!
Hear the rain fall
Through the long night,
Bring me your song again,
O dear delight!

O dear and comforting,
Mine again! Mine again!
Hear the rain sing
And the dark rejoice!
Shine like a spark again,
O clearest voice!
O clearest voice!


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