Possible Texts

Trouble finding a good text?  Better you should get to composing Music.  So here are some public domain texts that you’re welcome to use for your carol.

A Bottle and Friend, by Robert Burns:

There’s nane that’s blest of human kind,
But the cheerful and the gay, man,
Fal, la, la, &c.

Here’s a bottle and an honest friend!
What wad ye wish for mair, man?
Wha kens, before his life may end,
What his share may be o’ care, man?

Then catch the moments as they fly,
And use them as ye ought, man:
Believe me, happiness is shy,
And comes not aye when sought, man.

A Dust of Snow, by Robert Frost. This poem recently entered the public domain in the US:

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

Two haiku by Issa:

Just by being,
I’m here –
in the snow-fall.

Gratitude for gifts,
even snow on my bedspread
a gift from the Pure Land

I thought up this one when I was half asleep.  It might be silly, but hey, it’s free.

Stars in a big black bowl
Cover blue snow-glow
And black-woods border.

Mr. Moon has Ridges,
And Magnitude.

Cold air is clean air,
And it interrupts nothing.


4 thoughts on “Possible Texts

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  2. I really really love the first Issa and would like to think I could do something with it…also your own poem is quite striking and I like that a lot too!

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