Three Songs

Song Cycle by Harrison Kerr (1897 - 1978)

Word count: 126

?. The death of Autumn [sung text not yet checked]

When reeds are dead and straw to thatch the marshes,
And feathered pampas-grass rides into the wind
Like Agèd warriors westward, tragic, thinned
Of half their tribe; an over the flattened rushes,
Stripped of its secret, open, stark and bleak,
Blackens afar the half-forgotten creek, --
Then leans on me the weight of the year, and crushes
My heart. I know that beauty must ail and die,
And will be born again, --but ah, to see
Beauty stiffened, staring up at the sky!
Oh, Autumn! Autumn! --What is the Spring to me?

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

?. Ebb [sung text not yet checked]

I know what my heart is like
    Since your love died: 
It is like a hollow ledge
Holding a little pool
    Left there by the tide, 
A little tepid pool,
Drying inward from the edge.

Authorship

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]