Then with the knowledge of death as...
Then with the knowledge of death as walking one side of me,
And the thought of death close-walking the other side of me,
[And I in the middle as with companions,]1
and as holding the hands of companions,
I fled forth to the hiding receiving night, [that talks not,]1
Down to the shores of the water, [the path by the swamp in the dimness,]1
To the solemn shadowy cedars and the ghostly pines so still.
And the singer so shy to the rest [receiv'd me,
The gray-brown bird I know]1 received us comrades three,
And he sang what seem'd the carol of death, and a verse for him I love.
[From deep secluded recesses,
From the fragrant cedars and the ghostly pines so still,
Came the carol of the bird.
And the charm of the carol rapt me,
As I held as if by their hands my comrades in the night,]1
And [the voice of]1 my spirit tallied the song of the bird.
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Submitted by Ahmed E. Ismail
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- by Paul Hindemith (1895 - 1963), "Now while I sat in the day, and look'd forth
" [baritone, mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra], from the cantata When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd, no. 9..
- by Roger Sessions (1896 - 1985), "Now while I sat in the day, and look'd forth
", from the cantata When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd, no. 3, cantata.
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