The Linden Branch

(1981)

"The Linden Branch" is the fourth movement in Miriam Gideon's song cycle Spirit Above the Dust.

The Linden Branch
by Archibald MacLeish


Strophe of green leaves
In the inevitable spiral,
Versical of God,
Of what green sound the body?
Silence of what lyre?
O linden bough, O leaves,
Teach us your intervals:
Our strings are strung so false
We make no music be.
Could we as you be strung
For wind to blow on, we
Might be that song.


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