The Martyr Poets — did not tell —

(1990)

"The Martyr Poets — did not tell —" is the third song in Leo Smit's song cycle The White Diadem. The White Diadem is the last of Smit's six song cycles setting the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

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The Martyr Poets — did not tell — (poem 544)
by Emily Dickinson


The Martyr Poets — did not tell —
But wrought their Pang in syllable —
That when their mortal name be numb —
Their mortal fate — encourage Some —


The Martyr Painters — never spoke —
Bequeathing — rather — to their Work —
That when their conscious fingers cease —
Some seek in Art — the Art of Peace —


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