miércoles, 11 de noviembre de 2009
the zodiac song
T683 Signs of the Zodiac, from the "Portolan Atlas of the World", by Battista Agnese of Venice, c.1540
The Zodiac Song
1. Aries (sings)
Horn for weapon, and wool for shield,
Windy weather and lambs afield.
Head in the sunshine, hoof in the hay,
Toss the last of the clouds away.
Double in leaf and double in light,
Flowers by day, and stars by night.
Cancer, Cancer, crooked and black,
Answer us, answer us–Forward or back?
Fierce at eve, at morning tame,
Crest of cloud, and claws of flame.
Sickle in hand, and sandal on feet,
Crowned with poppy, and swathed with wheat.
Libra, Libra, truth is treasure,
Fair the weight and full the measure.
Sharp the sting, but grand the grief,
Shivering bough, and burning leaf.
Numb the finger: narrow the mark,
Frost on the feather, and flight in the dark.
Cowardly heart, and crumpled horn.
Snow to flicker, or rain to fall,
Down with thy pitcher, and out with it all.
Fish, little fish, lying head to tail,
Daisies round the dish and a pearl on every scale.