The Great Wind Shakes the Breadfruit Leaf (Ghost Song)

(1913)

"The Great Wind Shakes the Breadfruit Leaf (Ghost Song)" is the second song of Cadman's Idyls of the South Sea, Op. 55 song cycle, with text by Nelle Richmond Eberhart.

The Great Wind Shakes the Breadfruit Leaf (Ghost Song)
by Nelle Richmond Eberhart


The great wind shakes the breadfruit leaf,
The great waves cry on the coral reef,
The great drums sigh with a spirit breath,
For Something here has looked on death.


Turn ye back from the bush tonight,--
Turn ye back from the bush tonight,
Turn ye back!


The ghost tree falls across the trail,
A white crane flies with eerie wail,
A shriek goes up from the bamboo wood,
Where spirits seek for living food.


Turn ye back from the bush tonight,--
Turn ye back from the bush tonight,
Turn ye back!
Burn the rushfires bright, bright!
Turn ye back!


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