Beat! Beat! Drums!

"Beat! Beat! Drums!" is an early song of Ernst Bacon, found in the volume Ten Songs. The songs found in Ten Songs set mainly German texts, though a few settings of Whitman are also present.

Date: 1928Composer: Ernst BaconText: Walt Whitman

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Beat! Beat! Drums!
by Walt Whitman

Beat! beat! drums!–Blow! bugles! blow!
Through the windows–through doors–burst like a ruthless force,
Into the solemn church, and scatter the congregation;
Into the school where the scholar is studying;
Leave not the bridegroom quiet–no happiness must he have now with
his bride;
Nor the peaceful farmer any peace, plowing his field or gathering his
So fierce you whirr and pound, you drums–so shrill you bugles blow.

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Ten Songs (Bacon)

Composer(s): Ernst Bacon

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