Apotheosis of fall
LYRICS BY ERWIN NEUTZSKY-WULFF (INTRODUCTION TO AUTUMN;
SONG OF DEATH; LOVE) AND THE COMPOSER (THE SONG OF AUTUMN) THE SONG OF
AUTUMN HAS BEEN TRANSLATED FROM DANISH INTO ENGLISH BY ANTHONY WILKINSON
COPYRIGHT JACOB FABRICIUS AND ERWIN NEUTZSKY-WULFF, 1976
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APOTHEOSIS OF FALL
FOUR SONGS OF NATURE, LOVE AND DEATH
SOPRANO, BASSO, CHOIR, AND ORCHESTRA
INTRODUCTION TO AUTUMN
the leaves of Autumn.
the dreams we dreamt of Summer-time.
the trees of Autumn.
and go to sleep and know that I'm Winter's game.
the trees of Autumn.
there is coldness in the air.
the skies of Autumn.
above the trees the winds will share Winter's claim.
SONG OF DEATH
The priest of the tomb
in the yellow church of Death
raises hand upon hand
on the coffin and the wreath.
Winter's grave. Box and bell.
And a dry and empty well.
Last of all.
The war and the rest,
execution, axe of law,
city lives, treaty, gun,
and the last he ever saw.
Softly grey pale disease
and the distant, silent trees,
will be met,
The dry eyes of God,
begging throat and doctor's best,
doing all that we can,
come on now and take a rest,
there'll be time just for that.
Operation, put your hat
on the bed,
and it bled,
A break in the day
cut me deep and did destroy,
with applause this lucky boy,
could be worse, like I said,
should be glad you're only dead,
White hips, black blood
in a warm and pleasant flood,
red silk, slave eyes,
blazing sun and empty skies.
THE SONG OF AUTUMN
My love is like the roaring blaze of Autumn,
but it will burn low in Winter's cold and darkness.
It will be but a small flame, a tiny hope
in a world of silence and oppression,
a short flickering flame will burn in my journey
through Death's dark land, and like the star
I glimpsed far away in the silence of an Autumn evening
it will lead me on to the eternal light of Spring's resurrection.
In the love that burns for the living and the suffering,
in the passionate longing of the young heart,
you and I will meet and be as one
in union with Him who is Autumn, Spring, and life itself,
the fount of eternal love.