No, I will go alone. I will come back when it's over. Yes, of course I love you. No, it will not be long. Why may you not come with me?â€” You are too much my lover. You would put yourself Between me and song.
If I go alone, Quiet and suavely clothed, My body will die in its chair, And over my head a flame, A mind that is twice my own, Will mark with icy mirth The wise advance and retreat Of armies without a country, Storming a nameless gate, Hurling terrible javelins down From the shouting walls of a singing town
Where no women wait! Armies clean of love and hate, Marching lines of pitiless sound Climbing hills to the sun and hurling Golden spears to the ground! Up the lines a silver runner Bearing a banner whereon is scored The milk and steel of a bloodless wound Healed at length by the sword!
You and I have nothing to do with music. We may not make of music a filigree frame, Within which you and I, Tenderly glad we came, Sit smiling, hand in hand.
Come now, be content. I will come back to you, I swear I will; And you will know me still. I shall be only a little taller Than when I went.