Old Man

Old Man

Row slowly , boatman , over the river,
Ferry him safely to the green meadows :
Slow comes the sound of the oars falling softly,
Slow moves the shadowy boat on the water.
In cool shadows , cool shadows , in the cool shadows .

Low sweep the willows, slow glides the river,
Slow moves the shadowy boat through the shadows :
Row slowly, boatman , ferry him softly,
Ferry him slowly over the water
To green meadows , green meadows , to the green meadows .

28 April 1951