70 I’d like to set you to The tune Of ‘Wolves A-Howling’, So you can make no tarrying, And hurry Out across The peaks of wild Arkansas, The heights of south Missouri: Make haste, O Lord, to help me, Make haste, O God, to seize me, Can’t you see the wolves a-howling All round my pretty little darling? The tail end of Another text The prelude to The song that’s next, This song is but an interlude Of perfect prayer With hardly any words That fiddlers howl with care. And I would put it in Some wild quatrains To try and heed The word that frames Its words: Make haste, Let them be confused That chase My living soul, That howl And are a-howling All round my darling. Let all that seek you Exult and howl, Let God be magnified Inside my soul. As I am poor and needy Make haste to seize me: O how the wolves are howling All around my poor little darling.
Edward Clarke’s latest book is called The Vagabond Spirit of Poetry.
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