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The songs can be performed as a pair, with the title ‘As long as forever is’, or separately
under their individual titles.

  1. The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
    Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
    Is my destroyer.
    And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose
    My youth is bent by the same wintry fever.

    The force that drives the water through the rocks
    Drives my red blood; that dries the mouthing streams
    Turns mine to wax.
    And I am dumb to mouth unto my veins
    How at the mountain spring the same mouth sucks.

    The hand that whirls the water in the pool
    Stirs the quicksand; that ropes the blowing wind
    Hauls my shroud sail.
    And I am dumb to tell the hanging man
    How of my clay is made the hangman's lime.

    The lips of time leech to the fountain head;
    Love drips and gathers, but the fallen blood
    Shall calm her sores.
    And I am dumb to tell a weather's wind
    How time has ticked a heaven round the stars.

    And I am dumb to tell the lover's tomb
    How at my sheet goes the same crooked worm.
  2. Twenty-four years remind the tears of my eyes.
    (Bury the dead for fear that they walk to the grave in labour).
    In the groin of the natural doorway I crouched like a tailor
    Sewing a shroud for a journey
    By the light of the meat-eating sun.
    Dressed to die, the sensual strut begun,
    With my red veins full of money
    In the final direction of the elementary town
    I advance for as long as forever is.

Dedicated to: John and Nicola Goodby.


12 minutes 5 seconds
Dylan Thomas

November 2023, Christopher O’Gorman & David Pipe.

1 Tenor, 1 Piano
Composition date
2023 to 2024


17 May 2024 Worcester College, Oxford

New settings of Dylan Thomas with Christopher O’Gorman (tenor) and David Pipe (piano).

Pre-concert talk by Professor John Goodby, at 6.45pm