Online Anthology of Lyrical Audio Poetry in Modern English, recorded by Walter Rufus Eagles ad majorem Dei gloriam

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GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO





        "The plovers that dwell on the beach at Shio-no-yama 



          Are calling to affirm an everlasting life."



              -  Ancient Japanese poem







We cannot hear the plover's voice:



That music is too silent.



Of distant kin to the plover, though,
Are those brass birds



Of Bach's B-Minor Mass who



High upon their exaltation



Sing a gloria to God.







And such awakening



Is not, perhaps, so gentle.



And perhaps if we could hear the plover's voice . . .



But we cannot.

            - Walter Rufus Eagles, 1980

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