From the Heartland

Song Cycle by Kirke Mechem (b. 1925)

Word count: 530

1. Dust (Recitative and aria) [sung text checked 1 time]

It's true that we've been dusty at times, friends, yes
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Note: the text is preceded by the following: (The other day [about 1940] a New England paper ran a story about the dust-storm years in Kansas and said it was doubtful at the time if the state would survive them. Then a west coast editor asked if anybody had checked on that lately. Since then, similar remarks have been bandied about the country.)

2. Shadows of the moon (Elegy) [sung text checked 1 time]

Night falls, star-silent. Even the cottonwood trees
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3. I could hear the least bird sing [sung text checked 1 time]

In my boyhood, in the spring
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4. Declaration  [sung text checked 1 time]

Let us gather now, my friends, and consider
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