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To Karen, singing

Language: English

Hearing my little Karen sing
is different from anything
that’s happened yet to me.
There is no sound that floats on air
with such delight in being there
as her child ecstasy.

I can’t hope that the songs I write
will ever be so fresh and bright
as yours, my sweetest child.
But I believe that they shall stem
from roots far deeper since on them
your little songs have smiled.

Submitted by Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

  • by John Woods Duke (1899 - 1984), "To Karen, singing", 1944, published 1944 [voice and piano], confirmed with Songs by John Duke, ed. Ruth C. Friedberg, Volume 4, Southern Music Co., San Antonio, 1987 [ sung text checked 1 time]

Text added to the website: 2019-03-06.
Last modified: 2019-03-06 15:04:56
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