Three Sonnets for Voice, Viola and Piano

Song Cycle by John Woods Duke (1899 - 1984)

Word count: 348

1. Sweet sounds, o beautiful music [sung text not yet checked]

Sweet sounds, oh, beautiful music, do not cease!
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  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Beim Anhören einer Beethoven Symphonie", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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2. Time does not bring relief [sung text not yet checked]

Time does not bring relief: you all have lied
Who told me time would ease me of my pain!
I miss him in the weeping of the rain:
I want him at the shrinking of the tide;
The old snows melt from ev'ry mountain side,
And last year's leaves are smoke in every lane;
But last year's bitter loving must remain
Heaped on my heart and my old thoughts abide.

There are a hundred places where I fear
To go, so with his memory they brim.
And entering with relief some quiet place
where never fell his foot or shone his face.
I say "There is no mem'ry of him here,"
And so stand stricken, so remembering him.

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3. Thou famished grave [sung text not yet checked]

Thou famished grave, I will not fill thee yet
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