And I shall woo the nightingale
For her song is far too sweet –
And lie with her on the shores of moon
Where the waters stroke our feet.
For I long to lie, in longing to die,
In the turning starry sea –
Her piercing silvery song to hear,
And never more to be.
And she longs to sing in the burning sea,
Out of the past to birth—
And fly like the moon from the quivering bow,
And rise out the bending Earth.
And I shall eat the nightingale,
For her form is all too sweet—
Like an arrow rise on her wings of fire,
For my wound is far too deep.
For I long to die in her dark embrace,
On the sands of the crimson sea—
And only her fiery song to hear,
And nevermore to be.
For I have swallowed the nightingale,
So bittersweet her song—
And now she sings within my breast,
For the nights were far too long.