Dragonfly (Charles West)

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  • (Posted 2020-06-23)  CPDL #59332:       
Editor: Charles West (submitted 2020-06-23).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 123 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: I would appreciate notification by email (cghwest@yahoo.co.uk) of your intention to perform this work.

General Information

Title: Dragonfly
Composer: Charles West
Lyricist: Charles West

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2019

External websites:

Original text and translations

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Each day, a blaze of shimmering light -
Too bright, too fierce to look upon.
A glorious furnace of monstrous might
Set high in an azure sky.

But now, a ball of royal red
Unblinking in a golden sea,
Sinking to rest its weary head
On distant lands beyond.

Now see below this wondrous sight;
A second mirrored sun and sky
Twins that above as lake shines bright,
And burns in harmony.

A perfect bounce of gilded light
Reflects this mystery. But then
A fish’s lip snaps in the night -
The portrait bursts in shards.

The shining wand of a dragonfly
Glitters and glows in the fading light.
Bright blue and green to catch the eye
Then still, and now is gone.

So. We have seen it, held in thrall.
But mighty L'Ux has seen it all.