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Let Evening Come

Word count: 357

Song Cycle by William Bolcom (b. 1938)

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1. Ailey, Baldwin, Floyd, Killens, and Mayfield


When great trees fall
 [ ... ]


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2. 'Tis not that Dying hurts us so


'Tis not that Dying hurts us so --
'Tis Living -- hurts us more --
But Dying -- is a different way --
A Kind behind the Door --

The Southern Custom -- of the Bird --
That ere the Frosts are due --
Accepts a better Latitude --
We -- are the Birds -- that stay.

The Shrivers round Farmers' doors --
For whose reluctant Crumb --
We stipulate -- till pitying Snows
Persuade our Feathers Home.


3. Interlude (viola and piano)


[--- Tacet ---]

4. Let evening come


Let the light of late afternoon
 [ ... ]


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