Playing upon the hill three centaurs were! They lifted each a hoof and stared at me, And stamped upon the dust. They stamped the dust, they snuffed upon the air, And all their movements had the fierce glee Of power and pride and lust. Of power and pride and lust! then with a shout They tossed their heads and wheeled and galloped round In furious brotherhood. In furious brotherhood, around, about, They charged, they swerved, they leaped; then, bound on bound, They raced into the wood.
- by James Stephens (1882 - 1950), "The centaurs", appears in Songs from the Clay, first published 1915 [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 William Busch (1901 - 1945), "The centaurs", published 1944. [voice and piano] [text not verified]
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