Verlaine Lieder (Four Verlaine Songs)

Song Cycle by Cecil Coles (1888 - 1918)

Word count: 286

1. Fantastic in appearance  [sung text checked 1 time]

Fantastic in appearance see
The river gliding through the street.
It doth without a murmur roll
Behind a wall of full five feet
Its wave so dark yet ne'ertheless
Pure, through the suburb's peacefulness.

So very great the runnel is
The water which is yellowing 
Like death swells sinking without hope
Aught save the fog of mirroring 
Not even when the dawn lights 
All the houses yellow, black and small!

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2. A slumber vast and black [sung text checked 1 time]

A slumber vast and black
Falls on my life.
O sleep all hope;
O sleep all jealous strife.
O nought more can I see,
All mem'ry's gone 
Of evil and of good
O hist'ry wan!

What am I but an arch 
A hand doth poise
Above a cavern's mouth.
No noise, no noise.

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3. Pastoral 'The sky above the roof' [sung text checked 1 time]

The sky is up above the roof
so blue, so calm.
A tree just up above the roof
doth rock its palm,

The bell in heaven which I watch
doth sweetly ring.
A bird within the tree I watch
doth sadly sing.

My God, my God, life simple here
and quiet one sees.
This murmur from the city there
comes all in peace.




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4. Let's dance the gig [sung text checked 1 time]

Let's dance the jig!

O most I loved her pretty eyes
More clear than starlight of the skies.
I loved her eyes where malice lies.

Let's dance the jig!

She had some ways most well designed
To desolate a lover's mind
Which was of her so very kind.

Let's dance the jig!

But now I prove much better this 
Eke of her blossom mouth the kiss
Since when she's dead to me I wis.

Let's dance the jig!

I do remember vividly 
The hours and all our colloquy
And that's the best thing left to me.

Let's dance the jig!

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