Being but Men (poem by Dylan Thomas) for voice and guitar


Setting of a poem by Dylan Thomas describing the fearlessness of children and the fearfulness of adults.
The guitar part makes great use of the instrumental possibilities of
open string against stopped string.
It is performed live in the video here by the composer.

Being but men, we walked into the trees afraid,
letting our syllables be soft
For fear of waking the rooks,
For fear of coming
Noiselessly into a world of wings and cries.

If we were children we might climb,
Catch the rooks sleeping, and break no twig,
And, after the soft ascent,
Thrust out our heads above the branches
To wonder at the unfailing stars.

Out of confusion, as the way is,
And the wonder, that man knows,
Out of chaos would come bliss.

That, then, is loveliness, we said,
Children in wonder watching the stars,
Is the aim and the end.