Death by Drums

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.

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