Southern Mansions

"Southern Mansions" is the second song in Dorothy Rudd Moore's song cycle From the Dark Tower for mezzo-soprano, cello and piano.

Date: 1972Composer: Dorothy Rudd MooreText: Arna BontempsSong Collection: From the Dark Tower

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Southern Mansion

Poplars are standing there still as death
And ghosts of dead men
Meet their ladies walking
Two by two beneath the shade
And standing on the marble steps.

There is a sound of music echoing
Through the open door
And in the field there is
Another sound tinkling in the cotton:
Chains of bondmen dragging on the ground.

The years go back with an iron clank,
A hand is on the gate,
A dry leaf trembles on the wall.
Ghosts are walking.
They have broken roses down
And poplars stand there still as death.


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