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From "If I Shouldn't be Alive" and "How Happy is the Little Stone"

Set by John C. Heiss (b. 1938), "From "If I Shouldn't be Alive" and "How Happy is the Little Stone"", published 1978 [ mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, and piano ], from Songs of Nature [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Note: this setting is made up of several separate texts.

If I shouldn't be alive
When the Robins come,
Give the one in Red Cravat,
A Memorial crumb.

If I couldn't thank you,
Being fast asleep,
You will know I'm trying
Why my Granite lip!

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

How happy is the little stone
That rambles in the road alone,
And doesn't care about careers,
And exigencies never fears;
Whose coat of elemental brown
A passing universe put on;
And independent as the sun,
Associates or glows alone,
Fulfilling absolute decree
In casual simplicity.

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]