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Tune Req: The Loom of Years (Alfred Noyes)

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GUEST,highlandman at home 29 May 09 - 06:59 PM
Charley Noble 29 May 09 - 08:50 PM
Crowhugger 29 May 09 - 09:42 PM
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Charley Noble 30 May 09 - 09:36 AM
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Subject: Tune Req: Alfred Noyes/Loom of Years
From: GUEST,highlandman at home
Date: 29 May 09 - 06:59 PM

Anybody know of a folky setting for this poem?
Thx
-Glenn


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Subject: ADD: The Loom of Years (Alfred Noyes)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 May 09 - 08:50 PM

Here's the poem in question from the Oldpoetry website:

THE LOOM OF YEARS
(Alfred Noyes)

In the light of the silent stars that shine on the struggling sea,
In the weary cry of the wind and the whisper of flower and tree,
Under the breath of laughter, deep in the tide of tears,
I hear the Loom of the Weaver that weaves the Web of Years.

The leaves of the winter wither and sink in the forest mould
To colour the flowers of April with purple and white and gold:
Light and scent and music die and are born again
In the heart of a grey-haired woman who wakes in a world of pain.

The hound, the fawn, and the hawk, and the doves that croon and coo,
We are all one woof of the weaving and the one warp threads us through,
One flying cloud on the shuttle that carries our hopes and fears
As it goes thro' the Loom of the Weaver that weaves the Web of Years.

The green uncrumpling fern and the rustling dewdrenched rose
Pass with our hearts to the Silence where the wings of music close,
Pass and pass to the Timeless that never a moment mars,
Pass and pass to the Darkness that made the suns and stars.

Has the soul gone out in the Darkness? Is the dust sealed from sight?
Ah, hush, for the woof of the ages returns thro' the warp of the night!
Never that shuttle loses one thread of our hopes and fears,
As it comes thro' the Loom of the Weaver that weaves the Web of Years.

O, woven in one wide Loom thro' the throbbing weft of the whole,
One in spirit and flesh, one in body and soul,
Tho' the leaf were alone in its falling, the bird in its hour to die,
The heart in its muffled anguish, the sea in its mournful cry,

One with the flower of a day, one with the withered moon
One with the granite mountains that melt into the noon
One with the dream that triumphs beyond the light of the spheres,
We come from the Loom of the Weaver that weaves the Web of Years.


Notes:

The title is possible from Adam Smith's writing in "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations" (1776)

"To say nothing of such complicated machines as the ship of the sailor, the mill of the fuller, or even the loom of the weaver"

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Alfred Noyes/Loom of Years
From: Crowhugger
Date: 29 May 09 - 09:42 PM

What an absolutely beautiful poem, thanks Charley Noble.

~CH~


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Alfred Noyes/Loom of Years
From: Joe Offer
Date: 29 May 09 - 10:23 PM

To bring this to the top, let me remind everyone that Alfred Noyes was the author of "The Highwayman," which was so beautifully set to music by Phil Ochs.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Alfred Noyes/Loom of Years
From: Charley Noble
Date: 30 May 09 - 09:36 AM

I find Noyes a very interesting poet. He wrote a number of sketches of London's sailortown, the Limehouse section. Bob Zentz fitted one of his poems, "Old Gray Squirrel," to music on Old Cargoes, © 1999. Here's a link to his page at the Oldpoetry website: Click here for website!

Enjoy!
Charley Noble


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