by James Joyce (1882 - 1941)

Strings in the earth and air
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
Strings in the earth and air 
  Make music sweet; 
Strings by the river where 
  The willows meet. 

There's music along the river 
  For Love wanders there,
Pale flowers on his mantle, 
  Dark leaves on his hair. 

All softly playing, 
  With head to the music bent, 
And fingers straying 
  Upon an instrument.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 51