Water That Falls and Runs Away

(1974)

"Water That Falls and Runs Away" is the fourth song of John Duke's 1974 song cycle Good Morning: A Cycle of Six Songs For High Voice, which sets the poetry of Mark Van Doren.

The song cycle is published as part of the collection Songs by John Duke, Vol. 3 (Southern Music Company).

The poetry of Good Morning: A Cycle of Six Songs For High Voice is from Van Doren's 1973 volume Good Morning: Last Poems.

Water That Falls and Runs Away
by Mark Van Doren


Water that falls and runs away,
You are my friend, you talk to me.


Where you come from, where you go,
You never tell me, though I know.


What are you saying then all day,
Over and down and away and away?


For I do listen, my sweet friend,
And will until the world's end;


Nor do I beg you to declare
More than sky does, more than air,


Where you come from, where you go,
Which I only dream I know.


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