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The Sunlight on the Garden, Dave McKeown

Dave McKeown on January 06, 2013 20:01

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    Here is a setting of Louis MacNeice's perfect poem of love and loss, The Sunlight on the Garden. This poem has meant a lot to me since I first read it 20 years ago and I've been looking to set it to music ever since. In the end I've settled for the simple approach with piano, melodica and strings.

    The Sunlight on the Garden

    The sunlight on the garden
    Hardens and grows cold,
    We cannot cage the minute
    Within its nets of gold;
    When all is told
    We cannot beg for pardon.

    Our freedom as free lances
    Advances towards its end;
    The earth compels, upon it
    Sonnets and birds descend;
    And soon, my friend,
    We shall have no time for dances.

    The sky was good for flying
    Defying the church bells
    And every evil iron
    Siren and what it tells:
    The earth compels,
    We are dying, Egypt, dying

    And not expecting pardon,
    Hardened in heart anew,
    But glad to have sat under
    Thunder and rain with you,
    And grateful too
    For sunlight on the garden.


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