Self-Lament (Ibycus) (Crys Armbrust)

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  • (Posted 2013-08-23)  CPDL #29932:       
Editor: Crys Armbrust (submitted 2013-08-23).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 133 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Composed for The Anonymous 4.

General Information

Title: Self-Lament (Ibycus)
Composer: Crys Armbrust

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSAA

Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2007
Description: Original setting of 1967 text by Sheelah Clarkson, originally published in POEM.

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Original text and translations

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Ibycus can’t hear cranes.
Neither can I hear your words
when I am silenced by thoughts of you.
Sometimes your young laughter
basks on laurelled mountains
and I remember many nights spent in silence
under the warmth of hurdling stars.
I cannot bear to listen to the frail words you speak.
To touch you is to touch Dryope.
I cannot abide you.
I am too full of your wondrous heart.