Sea Charm

Song Cycle by Frederick Piket (1903 - 1974)

Word count: 536

?. Beggar boy [sung text not yet checked]

What is there within this beggar lad
That I can neither hear nor feel nor see,
that I can neither know nor understand
And still calls to me?

Is not he but a shadow in the sun --
A bit of clay, brown, ugly, given life?
And yet he plays upon his flute a wild free tune
As if Fate had not bled him with her knife!

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?. Long trip [sung text not yet checked]

The sea is a wilderness of waves,
A desert of water.
We dip and dive,
Rise and roll,
Hide and are hidden
    On the sea.
    Day, night,
Night, day,
The sea is a desert of waves,
A wilderness of water.

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?. Death of an old seaman [sung text not yet checked]

We buried him high on the windy hill,
But his soul went out to sea.
I know, for I heard, when all was still,
His sea-soul say to me:

Put no tombstone at my head,
For here I do not make my bed.
Strew no flowers on my grave,
I've gone back to the wind and wave.
Do not, do not weep for me,
For I am happy with my sea.

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?. Water-front streets [sung text not yet checked]

The spring is not so beautiful there --
  But dream ships sail away
To where the spring is wondrous rare
  And life is gay.

The spring is not so beautiful there --
  But lads put out to sea 
Who carry beauties in their hearts
  And dreams, like me.

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?. Parisian beggar woman [sung text not yet checked]

Once you were young.
Now, hunched in the cold,
Nobody cares
That you are old.

Once you were beautiful.
Now, in the street,
No one remembers
Your lips were sweet.

Oh, withered old woman
Of rue Fontaine,
Nobody but death
Will kiss you again.

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?. Sailor [sung text not yet checked]

He sat upon the rolling deck
Half a world away from home,
And smoked a Capstan cigarette
And watched the blue waves tipped with foam.

He had a mermaid on his arm,
An anchor on his breast,
And tattooed on his back he had
A blue bird in a nest.

I am God --
Without one friend,
Alone in my purity
World without end.

Below me young lovers
Tread the sweet ground --
But I am God --
I cannot come down.

Spring!
Life is love!
Love is life only!
Better to be human
Than God -- and lonely.

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?. Irish wake [sung text not yet checked]

In the dark they fell a crying
for the dead who'd gone away,
and you could hear the drowsy wailing
of those compelled to stay --
but when the sun rose, making
All the door yard white and clear
the mourners got up smilling,
happy they were here.

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?. Mexican Market Woman [sung text not yet checked]

This ancient hag
Who sits upon the ground
Selling her scanty wares
Day in, day round,
Has known high wind-swept mountains,
And the sun has made
Her skin so brown.

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?. Sea calm [sung text not yet checked]

How still,
How strangely still
The water is today.
It is not good
For water
To be so still that way.

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?. Seascape [sung text not yet checked]

Off the coast of Ireland
As our ship passed by
We saw a line of fishing ships
Etched against the sky.

Off the coast of England
As we rode the foam
We saw an Indian merchantman
Coming home.

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?. Sea charm [sung text not yet checked]

The sea's own children
Do not understand.
They know
But that the sea is strong
Like God's hand.
They know
But that sea wind is sweet
Like God's breath,
And that the sea holds
A wide, deep death.

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