To the lean clean land, to the last cold height you shall come with a whickering breath from the depths of despair or the depths of delight stript stark to the wind of death. And whether you're sinless, or whether you've sinned, it's useless to whimper and whine, for the lean clean blade of the cutthroat wind will slit your weasand and mine.
- by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson (1878 - 1962), "The wind", appears in Thoroughfares, first published 1914 [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 William Brocklesby Wordsworth (1908 - 1988), "The wind", published 1946 [low voice and piano], from Three songs [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: John Versmoren
This text was added to the website: 2004-07-07
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