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Strings in the earth

by Karol Szymanowski From Seven Songs after Poems of James Joyce (1926) Op. 54

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Text

Strings in the earth
English source: James Joyce

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.

Composer

Karol Szymanowski

Karol Maciej Szymanowski was a Polish composer and pianist, the most celebrated Polish composer of the early 20th century.

Poet

James Joyce

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, teacher, and literary critic. He contributed to the modernist avant-garde and is regarded as one of the most influential and…

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