Mountain Dulcimer
 


Citation

James Still, 1906-2001, “Mountain Dulcimer,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed June 28, 2022, https://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/31722.


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Title

Mountain Dulcimer

Description

One leaf with preprinted staff lines handwritten in pencil on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was removed from a bound volume. There are spiral binding holes along the right edge. The document was laminated. There are lamination-related creases on the document. There are minor stains of unknown origin throughout the document.

Subject

American poetry Dulcimer -- Poetry Animals -- Poetry

Alternative Title

Dulcimer

Creator

James Still, 1906-2001

Source

First published in Virginia Quarterly Review 11, no. 3 (July 1935)

Publisher

W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Date Created

5/9/2007

Contributor

I. G. Greer

Rights

The images and audio files contained in the "So Mote It Ever Be: The Folksong Heritage of North Carolina's Northern Blue Ridge Mountains" collection are available for free personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided that proper citation is used (e.g. I. G. Greer/W. Amos Abrams Manuscript Files Series, Folksong Files Subseries. W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection. Special Collections. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC). Any commercial use of the materials without the written permission of Appalachian State University is strictly prohibited. Please contact the Appalachian State University W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection with specific questions or with requests for further information.

Format

pdf

Language

English
English

Type

Manuscript

Transcription

Mountain Dulcimer

The dulcimer sings from fretted maple throat
Of the doe’s swift poise, the fox’s fleeting step
And music of hounds upon the outward slope
Stirring the night, drumming the ridge-strewn ay,
The anvil’s strength - - - and the silence after
That aches & cries unhushed into the day.

From the dulcimer’s breast sound hunting horns
Strong as clenched hands upon the edge of death,
The creak of saddlebags, of oxen yoke & thongs
Wild turkey’s treble, dark sudden flight of crows,
Of unshod hoofs - - - - and the stillness after,
Butter as salt drenching the tongue of pain

And the lambs crying, breath of the lark,
Long drinks from piggins – hard against the lips,
And with hoarse singing, raw as hickory shagbark,
The foal’s anxiety is woven with the straining wedge,
And the wasp’s anger - - - and the quiet after
For the carver of maple on a keen blade’s edge

(anonymous)

Classification Title

Mountain Dulcimer

Document Title

Mountain Dulcimer

Geographic Location

Dead Mare Branch, Knott County, Kentucky

Alternate Geographic Location

Lafayette, Chambers County, Alabama

Associated Date

1935-07

Dimensions - Original

200 mm x 175 mm

Upload Date

2013-10-07

File name

113_MountainDulcimer

Transcription Date

2006-11-07

Transcribed By

Sarah C. Tonkin

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