Two Lyrics by Elinor Wylie

Song Cycle by John Woods Duke (1899 - 1984)

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?. Viennese waltz [sung text not yet checked]

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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.

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

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Sammetschuh", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 Thompson: "the white"

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