A white well In a black cave; A bright shell In a dark wave. A white rose Black brambles hood; Smooth bright snows In a dark wood. A flung white glove In a dark fight; A white dove On a wild black night. A white door In a dark lane; A bright core To bitter black pain. A white hand Waved from dark walls; In a burnt black land Bright waterfalls. A bright spark Where black ashes are; In the smothering dark One white star.
- by Elinor Wylie (1885 - 1928), appears in Nets to Catch the Wind, first published 1921 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "Incantation", 2012 [mezzo-soprano and piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
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