Song of the Powers

(2004)

"Song of the Powers" is the first song of Beth Anderson's song cycle Dark Songs for mezzo soprano, contralto, and piano.

The score is available from the composer by writing to: [email protected]

Song of the Powers
by David Mason


Mine, said the stone,
mine is the hour.
I crush the scissors,
such is my power.
Stronger than wishes,
my power, alone.


Mine, said the paper,
mine are the words
that smother the stone
with imagined birds,
reams of them, flown
from the mind of the shaper.


Mine, said the scissors,
mine all the knives
gashing through paper’s
ethereal lives;
nothing’s so proper
as tattering wishes.


As stone crushes scissors,
as paper snuffs stone
and scissors cut paper,
all end alone.
So heap up your paper
and scissor your wishes
and uproot the stone
from the top of the hill.
They all end alone
as you will, you will.


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