As a Man Soweth [*POEM*]

AS  A  MAN  SOWETH

By XANADU


As a man soweth, so shall he reap.
You learnt that long ago, my friend.
What you have earned is yours to keep.
You’ll get your wages in the end.

Ask for no more! What’s done is done.
You’ll be brought to your reckoning soon
By the golden claws of the sun,
By the silver fist of the moon. 

13 thoughts to “As a Man Soweth [*POEM*]”

  1. Great versicle indeed, it should be firmly applied to politicians by angels

  2. Certain Bible verses are WONDERFUL poetic fodder. This one is one of the best – and worth remembering. Lasha did well.

  3. As a composer this could be set to tune. I have written lyrics but I’m not a poet.
    If were to set this to music I would arrange it something like this.

    As a man soweth, so shall he reap.
    What you’ve earned is yours to keep
    You’ll get your wages in the end.
    You learnt that long ago, my friend.

    Ask no more! What’s done is done.
    By golden claws (pause) of the sun,
    And silver fist (pause) of the moon.
    You’ll be brought (pause) to your doom

  4. Well done, Toejamicus! I’d no idea you were a composer.

    Many of LD’s short poems are songs or lyrics in disguise. They could easily be set to music , as this one could. I can imagine someone singing this on a guitar.

    On the other hand, a flute or violin adagio as background music would be ideal for some of Lasha’s sadder and more wistful poems. Remember Shelley’s famous lines: “Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.”

    This is from Shelley’s To a Skylark, one of LD’s favorite poems, unbeaten for its musical sound effects:

    Like a high-born maiden
    In a palace-tower,
    Soothing her love-laden
    Soul in secret hour
    With music sweet as love, which overflows her bower.

    We look before and after,
    And pine for what is not:
    Our sincerest laughter
    With some pain is fraught;
    Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.

    https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45146/to-a-skylark

    1. Yes, that Shelley poem takes some beating. I can understand now why Lasha always writes in rhyme and metre, placing such importance on musicality and the beauty of word sounds.

      Toejamicus understands this perfectly as a musician, hence his use of the word “pause”; for without these pauses there can be no stresses or rhythms. This is why “free verse”, otherwise known as “chopped-up prose”, can never be made into catchy songs or lyrics with popular appeal. For this, rhyme and metre are absolutely essential. Together with alliteration and assonance for enhanced sound effects.

      However, this is not to knock free verse. The best poets, like TS Eliot and WS Auden, are masters of both forms. Different dishes for different restaurants.

    2. “To a Skylark” is one of my favourites too. In fact, to my taste, it’s one of the finest poems ever composed.

      1. @ Traducteur

        Yes, Lasha adores it too. Shelley, she thinks, never wrote anything to equal it for musicality. He was truly inspired when he wrote that. However, she has an equal love for Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale, with which the Shelly poem can be compared.

        Surprising how both these poets died young. Shelley drowned at sea, age 29. Keats died of consumption, age 25.

    3. Thanks SIster,
      I may take a crack at setting To A Skylark.
      These are some of the poems that Darkmoon presented on the site that I have set to music. I don’t compose pop tunes even though I have written music for three musicals that have been mounted locally.
      Lady Lilith for Mezzo Sop. Clarinet and Piano. Poem by Dante Rossetti
      Invictus for Baritone and Piano. Poem by W.E. Henley
      The Beggar Maid for Tenor and Piano. Poem by Tennyson
      The Tyger for Baritone and Piano. Poem by William Blake
      Plus three romantic poems by Edgar Allan Poe:
      Romance for Soprano, Viola and Piano
      To Helen for Baritone, Cello and Piano
      Serenade for Mezzo, Tenor, Viola and Piano
      And two songs with my own words.
      The last vocal of this song cycle is taken from a longer poem by Samuel L. Simpson called
      Lurlina for Baritone and Piano.
      Simpson was brought to Oregon as an baby on the Oregon Trail around 1846. While working for his father at their store as a teen he was given the poems of Lord Byron by a certain Captain Sheridan of Civil War fame. This peaked Samuel’s interest in poetic writing. Samuel graduated from Willamette University law school with his brother. Willamette U in Salem, Oregon is the oldest university West of the Mississippi.
      Samuel practiced law for a couple of years, and edited some local newspapers.
      Simpson took to drink and through the last 30 years of the 19th century was known as Oregon’s unofficial Poet Laureate. He died either in 1900 or 1901 and is unknown in current times even thought his Poem The Beautiful Willamette was taught to Oregon School children up to the 1920’s. I have set The Beautiful Willamette for chorus and concert band for the local city’s 150 year celebration, a city that still sits on the banks of the Willamette River. Not Portland!
      This song cycle was to be performed by the vocal faculty from the local university but alas, covid got in the way

        1. Sister,
          Only with a professional level live performance. All performance so far have been amateur, though quite good in some cases. Good recordings is also a problem. All my comps are for live performance.
          I have never tried to publish my more serious work.

  5. Some readers have already seen my adaptation of Hilaire Belloc’s “Heroic Poem in Praise of Wine,” transformed, with a little poetic licence, into “In Praise of Lasha.” Here is an updated and improved version:
    archive.org/details/heroic-poem-in-praise-of-lasha

  6. Andy Ngo is going to have a very bad reckoning, for WE are not pleased with him.

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