School of Music Program Book 1949-1950 Page: 93
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A Nonsense Song
Rosemary, Rosemary, let down your hair!
The cow's in the hammock, the crow's in the chair!
I was making you songs out of sawdust and silk,
But they came in to call and they spilt them like milk.
The cat's in the coffee, the wind's in the east,
He screams like a peacock and whines like a priest.
The saw of his voice makes my blood turn to mice.
So let down your long hair and shut off his advice!
Pluck out the thin hair pins and let the waves stream,
Brown-gold as brook-waters that dance through a dream,
Gentle-curl'd as a cloudling, sweet-fragrant as bay,
Till it takes all the fierceness of living away.
When you are with me, my heart is white steel.
But the bat's in the belfry, the mold's in the meal,
And I think I hear skeletons climbing the stair!
Rosemary, Rosemary, let down your bright hair!
To Rosemary on the methods by which she might become
Not where the sober sisters, grave as willows,
Walk like old twilights by the jasper sea,
Nor where the plump hunt of cherubs holly-hilloes
Chasing their ruddy fox, the sun, you'll be!
Not with the stained-glass prophets, bearded grimly,
Not with the fledging sav'd , meek wisdom's lot,
Kissing a silver book that glimmers dimly,
For acolytes are mild, and you are not.
They'll give you a curl'd tuba, tall as Rumor,
They'll set you on a puff of Autumn cloud,
Gilded-fantastic as your scorn and humor,
And let you blow that tuba much too loud.
Against the unceasing chant to Zion,
Three impudent seraph notes, three starry coals,
Sweet as wild grass and happy as a lion,
And all the saints will throw you aureoles.
Five Old Dance Tunes (from Fifteen Hungarian
Peasant Songs-I915) Bartok
Mouvement Perp6tuels (1918) Poulenc
Robert Dyke, Pianist
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