The Moon Drops Low

(1909)

"The Moon Drops Low" is the fourth and final song of Cadman's song cycle From the Land of Sky-Blue Water (Four American Indian Songs), Op. 45. The cycle sets traditional melodies of the Omaha tribe and text by poet Nelle Richmond Eberhart.

The Moon Drops Low
by Nelle Richmond Eberhart


The moon drops low that once soared high
As an eagle soars in the morning sky;
And the deep dark lies like a death-web spun
'Twixt the setting moon and the rising sun.


Our glory sets like the sinking moon;
The Red Man's race shall be perished soon;
Our feet shall trip where the web is spun,
For no dawn shall be ours, and no rising sun.


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