At the edge of All the Ages A Knight sate on his steed, His armour red and thin with rust, His soul from sorrow freed; And he lifted up his visor From a face of skin and bone, And his horse turned head and whinnied As the twain stood there alone. No bird above that steep of time Sang of a livelong quest; No wind breathed, Rest: ‘Lone for an end!’ cried Knight to steed, Loosed an eager rein-- Charged with his challenge into Space: And quiet did quiet remain.
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- by Walter De la Mare (1873 - 1956), "The Song of Finis", appears in Peacock Pie: A Book of Rhymes, in 8. Songs, no. 8, first published 1913 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Juliana Hall (b. 1958), "The Song of 'Finis'", 1989, first performed 1995 [ tenor and piano ], from Peacock Pie -- 20 songs for Tenor and Piano, no. 20 [sung text not yet checked]
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