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Spider’s Web
(A Folk Song)

Down in the valley,
There is a mission,
By the old oak tree.
By the mission,
There is a fountain,
Where my love told me:

There’s a web like a spider’s web,
Made of silk and light and shadow,
Spun by the moon in my room at night,
It’s a web made to catch a dream,
Hold it tight ‘til I awaken,
As if to tell me, my dream is all right.

In the evening,
I was leaving,
My love dreamt of me.
I was sleeping,
She was weeping,
When she said to me:

There’s a web like a spider’s web,
Made of silk and light and shadow,
Spun by the moon in my room at night,
It’s a web made to catch a dream,
Hold it tight ‘til I awaken,
As if to tell me, my dream is all right.

I met a stranger,
His name was Danger,
We rode side by side.
Down in Santa Fe,
I killed a man they say
Danger told me right,
Now if I go back,
They will hang me,
By the old oak tree,
Near the mission,
By the fountain,
Where my love told me:

There’s a web like a spider’s web,
Made of silk and light and shadow,
Spun by the moon in my room at night,
It’s a web made to catch a dream,
Hold it tight ‘til I awaken,
As if to tell me, my dream is all right.

Natural History

The spider, dropping down from twig,
Unfolds a plan of her devising,
A thin premeditated rig
To use in rising.

And all that journey down through space,
In cool descent and loyal hearted,
She spins a ladder to the place
From where she started.

Thus I, gone forth as spiders do
In spider’s web a truth discerning,
Attach one silken thread to you
For my returning.

by E.B. White

2 responses

  1. Angie Brown

    What a fantastic photograph of the spider’s web. And to top it off the song below is one that I learned at Girl Scout Camp when I was about 10 years old. Talk about bringing back some wonderful memories and all brought on by the spider which I am SO afraid of!!

    September 9, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    • Thanks Angie! That song has haunted me since I was about nine or ten. I learned it at Girl Scout camp and loved it. I know you hate spiders, but spiders and spider webs make cool photography subjects. I hope as fall approaches I can get more practice taking web shots!

      September 9, 2010 at 10:28 AM

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