Beat, old heart, these are the old bars All strugglers have beat against. Beat on these bars like the old sea Beats on the rocks and beaches. Beat here like the old winter winds Beat on the prairies and timbers. Old grizzlies, eagles, buffalo, Their paws and beaks register this. Their hides and heads say it with scars.
- by Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967), "Beat, Old Heart", appears in Slabs of the Sunburnt West, first published 1922 [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 Vally Weigl, née Pick (c1894 - 1982), "Beat, old heart" [SATB chorus, piano, optional timpani?] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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