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In Reverence - 5 songs for Soprano and Piano

Word count: 178

Song Cycle by Juliana Hall

German (Deutsch) translation: In Verehrung - 5 Lieder für Sopran und Klavier (Bertram Kottmann)

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1. It is an honorable Thought [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


’T is an honorable thought,
  And makes one lift one’s hat,
As one encountered gentlefolk
  Upon a daily street,

That we ’ve immortal place,
  Though pyramids decay,	
And kingdoms, like the orchard,
  Flit russetly away.


Confirmed with Dickinson, Emily. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Boston: Little, Brown, 1924; Bartleby.com, 2000. http://www.bartleby.com/113/4092.html


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2. Lightly stepped a yellow star [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Lightly stepped a yellow star
To its lofty place,
Loosed the Moon her silver hat
From her lustral face.
All of evening softly lit
As an astral hall -
"Father," I observed to Heaven,
"You are punctual."


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3. Prayer is the little implement [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Prayer is the little implement
Through which men reach
Where presence is denied them.
They fling their speech

By means of it in God’s ear;
If then He hear,
This sums the apparatus
Comprised in prayer


Confirmed with Dickinson, Emily. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Boston: Little, Brown, 1924; Bartleby.com, 2000. http://www.bartleby.com/113/1080.html


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4. Papa above [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Papa above! 
Regard a Mouse
O'erpowered by the Cat;
Reserve within thy Kingdom
A "mansion" for the Rat! 

Snug in seraphic cupboards
To nibble all the day,
While unsuspecting cycles
Wheel pompously away.


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5. The grave my little cottage is [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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The grave my little cottage is,
Where keeping house for thee,
I make my parlor orderly
And lay the marble tea
 
For two divided briefly,
A cycle it may be,
Till everlasting life unite
In strong society.


Submitted by Barbara Miller

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