WHEN DIANA SINGS (A TRIBUTE to GWEN CATLEY in ‘THE ELIXIR OF LOVE’)

Posted by Admin on Sunday, 27th January 2008, 00:00

O can it be that mortal voice,
so much of wonder may achieve;
that told ’twere an Olympian’s choice,
I could but marvel, and believe?
Elixir tipped, the true notes throng,
like arrows from Diana’s bow;
in scintillating shafts of song,
that gods and Donizetti know.
The role, methinks, was aptly named;
recalling stream and verdant mead,
where wood-nymphs sang to notes untamed,
evoked by Pan’s seductive reed,
your cadences so clear and sweet,
those sounds enchanting now repeat.

T. C. Hudson
10th April 1948

© T. C. Hudson.

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