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3 Songs to words by Walt Whitman

Word count: 116

Song Cycle by Harry Somers (b. 1925)

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1. Look down fair moon [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

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Look down, fair moon and bathe this scene,
Pour softly down night's nimbus floods, on faces ghastly, swollen, purple;
On the dead, on their backs, with [their]1 arms toss'd wide,
Pour down your unstinted nimbus, sacred moon.


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2. After the dazzle of day [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

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After the dazzle of day is gone,
Only the dark, dark night shows to my eyes the stars;
After the clangor of organ majestic, or chorus, or perfect band,
Silent, athwart my soul, moves the symphony true.


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3. A clear midnight [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

Translation(s): CAT FRE FRE GER GER

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  • CAT Catalan (CatalĂ ) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


This is thy hour, O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest best,
Night, sleep, death, and the stars.


Portions of this text were used in Idyll by Frederick Delius.


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