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ADD: Harp Song of the Dane Women (R Kipling)

02 Feb 01 - 07:05 PM (#388781)
Subject: Harp song of the Dane women
From: Julia

Anyone have these lyrics or know anything about this song? Thanks!


02 Feb 01 - 07:30 PM (#388806)
Subject: Lyr Add: HARP SONG OF THE DANE WOMEN (R Kipling)
From: Sorcha

It's a poem by Rudyard Kipling, see below:

HARP SONG OF THE DANE WOMEN

WHAT is a woman that you forsake her,
And the hearth-fire and the home-acre.
To go with the old grey Widow-maker?
She has no house to lay a guest in
But one chill bed for all to rest in,
That the pale suns and the stray bergs nest in.

She has no strong white arms to fold you,
But the ten-times-fingering weed to hold you
Out on the rocks where the tide has rolled you.

Yet, when the signs of summer thicken,
And the ice breaks, and the birch-buds quicken,
Yearly you turn from our side, and sicken- -

Sicken again for the shouts and the slaughters.
You steal away to the lapping waters,
And look at your ship in her winter-quarters.

You forget our mirth, and talk at the tables,
The kine in the shed and the horse in the stables
To pitch her sides and go over her cables.

Then you drive out where the storm-clouds swallow,
And the sound of your oar-blades, falling hollow,
Is all we have left through the months to follow.

Ah, what is Woman that you forsake her,
And the hearth-fire and the home-acre,
To go with the old grey Widow-maker?

See here: click


03 Feb 01 - 01:46 PM (#389228)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Harp song of the Dane women
From: wildlone

Here is a great site for Kipling's poetry "click" .


03 Feb 01 - 02:49 PM (#389253)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Harp song of the Dane women
From: GUEST

It is on Gordon Bok's SCHOONERS CD.

~S~


04 Feb 01 - 06:56 AM (#389562)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Harp song of the Dane women
From: Lepus Rex

Wow, that was my favourite poem when I was like 15... Haven't read that one in a long time. :)

---Lepus Rex