Prayers of Steel

"Prayers of Steel" is the second song of Ruth Crawford Seeger's cycle Three Songs, which sets texts by Carl Sandburg.

Date: 1933Composer: Ruth Crawford SeegerText: Carl SandburgSong Collection: Three Songs

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Prayers of Steel
by Carl Sandburg

Lay me on an anvil; O God.
Beat me and hammer me into a crowbar.
Let me pry loose old walls.
Let me lift and loosen old foundations.
Lay me on an anvil, God.
Beat me and hammer me into a steel spike.
Drive me into the girders that hold a
skyscraper together.
Take red-hot rivets and fasten me into the
central girders.
Let me be the great nail holding a skyscraper
through blue nights
into white stars.

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Three Songs

Composer(s): Ruth Crawford Seeger

Song(s): 1. Rat Riddles
2. Prayers of Steel
3. In Tall Grass

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