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Beckett, Samuel: Alba

Portre of Beckett, Samuel

Alba (English)

before morning you shall be here

and Dante and the Logos and all strata and mysteries

and the branded moon

beyond the white plane of music

that you shall establish here before morning


grave suave singing silk

stoop to the black firmament of areca

rain on the bamboos flowers of smoke alley of willows


who though you stoop with fingers of compassion

to endorse the dust

shall not add to your bounty

whose beauty shall be a sheet before me

a statement of itself drawn across the tempest of emblems

so that there is no sun and no unveiling

and no host

only I and then the sheet

and bulk dead

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