Wood Song

(1967)

"Wood Song" is the fifth song in John Duke's song cycle Songs Out of Sorrow: Six Songs for Mezzo-Soprano. The song cycle sets the poetry of Sara Teasdale.

Songs Out of Sorrow: Six Songs for Mezzo-Soprano is included in the John Duke volume, Songs, Vol. 2, Medium Voice, published by Southern Music Company.

Wood Song
by Sara Teasdale


I heard a wood thrush in the dusk
Twirl three notes and make a star --
My heart that walked with bitterness
Came back from very far.


Three shining notes were all he had,
And yet they made a starry call --
I caught life back against my breast
And kissed it, scars and all.


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