Death by Drums (op. 21, no. 3)

"Death by Drums" is the third song from Lowell Liebermann's Final Songs,, op. 21 song cycle. The original text was written by Robert Graves.

Date: 1987Composer: Lowell LiebermannText: Robert GravesSong Collection: Final Songs, op. 21

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Death By Drums

By Robert Graves


If I cried out in anger against music,

It was not that I cried

Against the wholesome bitter arsenic,

Necessary for suicide:

For suicide in the drums’ racking riot

Where horned moriscoes wailing to their bride

Scared every Lydian songster from the spot.


Songs of Lowell Liebermann

(Lowell Liebermann)

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