A Last Song (op. 41, no. 1)

"A Last Song" is the first song of Samuel Barber's late song cycle Despite and Still, Op. 41.

Date: 1969Composer: Samuel BarberText: Robert Graves

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A Last Song
by Robert Graves

A last song, and a very last, and yet another
O, when can I give over?
Must I drive the pen until blood bursts from my nails
And my breath fails and I shake with fever,
Or sit well wrapped in a many colored cloak
Where the moon shines new through Castle Crystal?
Shall I never hear her whisper softly:
“But this is truth written by you only,
And for me only;
Therefor, love, have done?”

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