Say not of Beauty she is good, Or aught but beautiful, Or sleek to doves' wings of the wood Her wild wings of a gull. Call her not wicked; that word's touch Consumes her like a curse; But love her not too much, too much, For that is even worse. O, she is neither good nor bad, But innocent and wild! Enshrine her and she dies, who had The hard heart of a child.
Song Cycle by Russell Woollen (1923 - 1994)
?. Beauty  [sung text not yet checked]
- by Elinor Wylie (1885 - 1928), "Beauty", appears in Nets to Catch the Wind, first published 1921 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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?. Velvet shoes  [sung text not yet checked]
Let us walk in the white snow In a soundless space; With footsteps quiet and slow, At a tranquil pace, Under veils of white lace. I shall go shod in silk, And you in wool, White as white cow's milk, More beautiful Than the breast of a gull. We shall walk through the still town In a windless peace; We shall step upon white down, Upon silver fleece, Upon softer than these. We shall walk in velvet shoes: Wherever we go Silence will fall like dews On [white]1 silence below. We shall walk in the snow.
- by Elinor Wylie (1885 - 1928), "Velvet shoes", appears in Nets to Catch the Wind, first published 1921 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Sammetschuh", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
1 Thompson: "the white"
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