Omar Khayyám, Part II

Song Cycle by Granville Ransome Bantock, Sir (1868 - 1946)

Word count: 566

1. The Revelations of Devout and Learn'd[sung text not yet checked]

The Revelations of Devout and Learn'd
Who rose before us, and as Prophets burn'd,
Are all but Stories, which, awoke from Sleep
They told their fellows, and to Sleep return'd.

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2. I sent my Soul through the Invisible[sung text not yet checked]

I sent my Soul through the Invisible,
Some [letter]1 of that After-life to spell,
And by and by my Soul return'd to me
And answer'd: I myself am Heav'n and Hell.

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1 Lehmann: "secret"

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3. Heav'n but the vision of fulfilled Desire[sung text not yet checked]

Heav'n but the vision of fulfilled Desire
And Hell the Shadow from a Soul on fire,
Cast on the Darkness into which ourselves,
So late emerged from, shall so soon expire.

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4. We are no other than a moving row[sung text not yet checked]

We are no other than a moving row
Of [Magic Shadow-shapes]1 that come and go
Round with this Sun-illumin'd Lantern held
In Midnight by the Master of the Show;

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2 second edition: "visionary Shapes"

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5. But helpless Pieces of the Game He plays[sung text not yet checked]

But helpless Pieces of the Game He plays
Upon this Chequer-board of Nights and Days;
Hither and thither moves, and checks, and slays;
And one by one back in the Closet lays.

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6. The Ball no Question makes of Ayes and Noes[sung text not yet checked]

The Ball no Question makes of Ayes and Noes,
But Right or Left, as strikes the Player goes;
And He that toss'd [Thee]1 down into the Field,
He knows about it all -- HE knows --- HE knows!

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1 second, third edition: "you"

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7. The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ[sung text not yet checked]

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

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8. And that inverted Bowl we call The Sky[sung text not yet checked]

And that inverted Bowl we call The Sky,
Whereunder crawling coop't we live and die,
Lift not thy hands to It for help -- for it
[Rolls impotently on as Thou or I]1.

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9. With Earth's first Clay They did the Last Man knead[sung text not yet checked]

With Earth's first Clay They did the Last Man knead,
And then of the Last Harvest sow'd the Seed:
Yea, the first Morning of Creation wrote
What the Last Dawn of Reckoning shall read.

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10. Yesterday This Day's Madness did prepare[sung text not yet checked]

Yesterday This Day's Madness did prepare;
To-morrow's Silence, Triumph, or Despair:
Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why:
Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.

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11. I tell you this -- when, started from the Goal[sung text not yet checked]

I tell you this -- when, started from the Goal,
Over the flaming shoulders of the Foal 
Of Heav'n Parwin and Mushtari they flung,
In my predestin'd Plot of Dust and Soul.

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12. The Vine had struck a Fibre; which about[sung text not yet checked]

The Vine had struck a Fibre; which about
If clings my Being -- let the [Stiff]1 flout;
Of my Base Metal may be filed a Key,
That shall unlock the Door he howls without.

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1 second, third, and fourth editions: "Dervish"

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13. And this I know: whether the one True Light[sung text not yet checked]

And this I know: whether the one True Light,
Kindle to Love, or Wrath consume me quite,
One [Glimpse]1 of It within the Tavern caught
Better than in the Temple lost outright.

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14. What! out of senseless Nothing to provoke[sung text not yet checked]

What! out of senseless Nothing to provoke
A conscious Something to resent the yoke
Of unpermitted Pleasure, under pain
Of Everlasting Penalties, if broke!

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15. What! from his helpless Creature be repaid[sung text not yet checked]

What! from his helpless Creature be repaid
Pure Gold for what he lent us dross-allay'd --
Sue for a Debt we never did contract,
And cannot answer--Oh the sorry trade!

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16. Oh, Thou, who Man of baser Earth didst make[sung text not yet checked]

Oh, Thou, who Man of baser Earth didst make,
And [who with Eden didst]1 devise the Snake:
For all the Sin [wherewith the Face of]2 Man
IS [blacken'd, Man's]3 Forgiveness give -- and take!

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2 second edition: "the Face of wretched"
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16. Oh, Thou, who didst with Pitfall and with Gin[sung text not yet checked]

Oh, Thou, who didst with Pitfall and with Gin
Beset the Road I was to wander in,
Thou wilt not [Predestination]1 round
[Enmesh me, and]2 impute my Fall to Sin?

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2 second, third, and fourth editions: "Enmesh, and then"

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17. Oh, Thou, who Man of baser Earth didst make[sung text not yet checked]

Oh, Thou, who Man of baser Earth didst make,
And [who with Eden didst]1 devise the Snake:
For all the Sin [wherewith the Face of]2 Man
IS [blacken'd, Man's]3 Forgiveness give -- and take!

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