Requies

(1914)

"Requies" is the fourth and final song of Louis Campbell-Tipton's song cycle Four Sea Lyrics. The song cycle sets the poetry of Arthur Symons.

Requies
by Arthur Symons


O is it death or life that sounds
Like something strangely known
In this subsiding out of strife,
This low sea monotone?


A sound scarce heard through sleep
Murmurs as the August bees
That fill the forest hollows deep
About the roots of trees.


O is it death or life, or is it
Hope or memory
That quiets all things with this breath
Of the eternal sea?


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