søndag 11. oktober 2009

Også Konrad leser lyrikk - Stephen C. Foster

Bob Dylan fikk ikke Nobels litteraturpris i år heller. Derfor vil jeg slå et slag for poesien, særlig den sungne sådanne. I dag: Stephen C. Fosters Hard Times (Come Again no More) (1854), fremført av en rekke nord-amerikanske artister som Bob Dylan (selvsagt), Bruce Springsteen, McGarrigle-familien (selvsagt), Nancy Griffith og Willie Nelson.

Let us pause in life's pleasures and count its many tears,
While we all sup sorrow with the poor;
There's a song that will linger forever in our ears;
Oh Hard times come again no more.
While we seek mirth and beauty and music light and gay,
There are frail forms fainting at the door;
Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say
Oh hard times come again no more.
There's a pale drooping maiden who toils her life away,
With a worn heart whose better days are over:
Though her voice would be merry, 'tis sighing all the day,
Oh hard times come again no more.
Tis a sigh that is wafted across the troubled wave,
Tis a wail that is heard upon the shore
Tis a dirge that is murmured around the lowly grave
Oh hard times come again no more.
Tis the song, the sigh of the weary,
Hard Times, hard times, come again no more
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door;
Oh hard times come again no more.

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