My body is weary to death of my mischievous brain; I am weary forever and ever of being brave; Therefore I crouch on my knees while the cool white rain Curves the clover over my head like a wave. The stem and the frosty seed of the grass are ripe; I have devoured their strength; I have drunk them deep; And the dandelion is gall in a thin green pipe, But the clover is honey and sun and the smell of sleep.
First appeared in New Republic, December 1921.
Confirmed with Selected Works of Elinor Wylie, ed. by Evelyn Helmich Hively, Kent State University Press, Kent (Ohio), 2005, page 36.
- by Elinor Wylie (1885 - 1928), "Nebuchadnezzar", appears in Black Armour: A Book of Poems [author's text checked 1 time 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 Russell Woollen (1923 - 1994), "Nebuchadnezzar", 1964 [voice and piano], from Willow Brook Suite [text not verified]
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- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Nebukadnezar - Nabû-kudurrī-uṣur", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Bertram Kottmann
This text was added to the website: 2015-09-01
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Word count: 82