Saturday, 4 April 2015

Theme (from Bell Songs) - Carl Spitteler

Bell with tongue of silver tone,
I would make thy secret known -
Cooped with screech-owl, flittermouse,
In the crumbling belfry-house,
Tell me whence thy festal ring -
Who hath taught thee so to sing?

"Long in murky shaft I lay,
Stygian night for all my day;
Here, where mighty winds blow free,
Here, from sunlit spire, I see
Beauty born of human pain -
Now you will not ask again.

Carl Spitteler (1845 — 1924) Switzerland
Translated by Ethel Colburn Mayne

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