Word over all, beautiful as the sky!
Beautiful that war, and all its deeds of carnage,/
must in time be utterly lost;
That the hands of the sisters Death and Night, /
incessantly softly wash again, and ever again, this soil'd world:
...For my enemy is dead -- a man divine as myself is dead;
I look where he lies, white-faced and still, in the coffin -- I draw near;
[I bend]1 down, and touch lightly with my lips the white face in the coffin.
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1 Rorem: "Bend down"
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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Vivian Fine (1913 - 2000), "Reconciliation", 1991, first performed 1991 [soprano, piano, violin, oboe, bassoon, and percussion], from Songs of Love and War, no. 5. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Ned Rorem (b. 1923), "Reconciliation", from Five Poems of Walt Whitman, no. 1. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Jeffrey Van , "Reconciliation" [SATB chorus and guitar], from A Procession Winding Around Me [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958), "Reconciliation", published 1936 [soprano and baritone soli, chorus, and orchestra], from Dona nobis pacem, no. 3. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Réconciliation", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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