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Newer Every Day: Songs for Kiri

Word count: 171

Song Cycle by Jake Heggie (b. 1961)

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1. Silence


Silence is all we dread.
There's Ransom in a Voice --
But Silence is Infinity.
Himself have not a face.


2. I’m Nobody! Who are You?


I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us - don't tell!
They'd [banish us]1, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell [your]2 name the livelong [day]3
To an admiring bog!


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1 Bacon, G. Coates: "advertise"
2 Bacon, G. Coates: "one's
3 Bacon, G. Coates: "June"

3. Fame


Fame is a bee.
It has a song --
It has a sting --
Ah, too, it has a wing.


4. That I did always love


That I did always love,
I bring thee proof:
That till I loved
I did not love enough.

That I shall love alway,
I offer thee
That love is life,
And life hath immortality.

This, dost thou doubt, sweet?
Then have I
Nothing to show
But Calvary.


5. Goodnight


Some say goodnight — at night —
I say goodnight by day —
Good-bye — the Going utter me —
Goodnight, I still reply —

For parting, that is night,
And presence, simply dawn —
Itself, the purple on the height
Denominated morn.


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