Out of kindness came my crime
Out of childish dreams my curse
They offered me the world and I took it in its wealth
Wealth to wealth, gold to gold
So that all I touched would blaze in my glory
All I touched would die in a molten cast.
My daughter looked at me through golden eyes
Forced my name through golden lips
Fell into a golden sleep and left me to a silent – golden – hall.
Toasts to my health fell like poisoned ash upon my lips
And I drank gold
I ate gold
I broke my teeth on gold and fled in golden sandals to the river
And when I tried to drown the water grew hard and cold
Hard and cold
Hard and gold.
Dionysus spare me
Dionysus hide my shame
Dionysus curse my name
but undo what I have done.