Song Cycle by James R. Hanna (b. 1922)

Word count: 37

?. Look down, fair moon [sung text not yet checked]

Look down, fair moon and bathe this scene,
Pour softly down night's nimbus floods, on faces ghastly, swollen, purple;
On the dead, on their backs, with [their]1 arms toss'd wide,
Pour down your unstinted nimbus, sacred moon.


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1 omitted by Rands.

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