Of snow, ice, burning sand

Song Cycle by Joshua Alan Lindsay (b. 1988)

1. Prelude [sung text checked 1 time]

A man said to the universe:
"Sir I exist!"
"However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation."

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2. [I]. Futility [sung text checked 1 time]

I saw a man pursuing the horizon;
Round and round they sped.
I was disturbed at this;
I accosted the man.
["It is futile," I said]1,
"You can never -- "

"You lie," he cried,
And ran [on]2.

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1 Lindsay: "I said, "It is futile,""
2 Lidnsay: "on and on"

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3. [II]. The ball of masonry [sung text checked 1 time]

Many workmen
Built a huge ball of masonry
Upon a mountain-top.
Then they went to the valley below,
And turned to behold their work.
"It is grand," they said;
They loved the thing.

Of a sudden, it moved:
It came upon them swiftly;
It crushed them all to blood.
But some had opportunity to squeal. 

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4. [III]. The good knight [sung text checked 1 time]

[Fast rode the knight
With spurs, hot and reeking,
Ever waving an eager sword,
"To save my lady!"]1
Fast rode the knight,
And leaped from saddle to war.
Men of steel flickered and gleamed
Like riot of silver lights,
And the gold of the knight's good banner
Still waved on a castle wall.
. . . . .
A horse,
Blowing, staggering, bloody thing,
Forgotten at foot of castle wall.
A horse
Dead at foot of castle wall. 

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1Lindsay:
"To save my lady!"
Fast rode the knight
With spurs hot and reeking,
Ever waving an eager sword,
"To save my lady! To save my lady!"

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5. [IV]. The mirage [sung text checked 1 time]

There was, before me,
Mile upon mile
Of snow, ice, burning sand.
And yet I could look beyond all this,
To a place of infinite beauty;
And I could see the loveliness of her
Who walked in the shade of the trees.
When I gazed,
All was lost
But this place of beauty and her.
When I gazed,
And in my gazing, desired,
Then came again
Mile upon mile,
Of snow, ice, burning sand. 

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