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GIVE ME A SINGING HEART, by            
First Line: Give me a singing heart to free my life
Last Line: Through inert shadows and through futile days.
Subject(s): Contentment; Hearts; Music & Musicians; Poetry & Poets


Give me a singing heart to free my life
From drab monotony; with hushing runes
That soothe as cool blue shadows in the heat,
Or sea-washed restfulness of wind-blown dunes.

As brave as lilies which in white-flamed joy—
From slanting desert sands and sun-scorched spaces—
Through cosmic rhythms voice their harmonies,
To quavering silences lift up their faces.

Sometimes soul-stirring as a bugle-call,
Inciting to dreams of widening scopes
Of usefulness; lifting life's meaning high
As mystic solitude of mountain slopes.

Give me a singing heart that I may live
Environed with music—poignant, lyric lays—
That hunger may not stalk unsatisfied
Through inert shadows and through futile days.





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