Apparition - Elegiac Songs and Vocalises

Song Cycle by George Crumb (b. 1929)

Word count: 1362

1. The night in silence under many a star [sung text checked 1 time]

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The night, in silence, under many a star;
The ocean shore, and the husky whispering wave, whose voice I know;	
And the soul turning to thee, O vast and well-veil'd Death,
And the body gratefully nestling close to thee.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ahmed E. Ismail

2. When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd [sung text checked 1 time]

When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd,
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I mourn'd, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.
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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Quand les derniers lilas dans la petite cour fleurissaient", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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1 Fine: "O Ever-returning"
2 Hartmann: "perennial, misery you give to us all,"

Researcher for this text: Ahmed E. Ismail

3. Dark Mother, always gliding near, with soft feet [sung text checked 1 time]

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Dark Mother, always gliding near, with soft feet,
Have none chanted for thee a chant of fullest welcome?

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4. Approach Strong Deliveress! [sung text checked 1 time]

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Approach, strong Deliveress!
When it is so - when thou hast taken them, I joyously sing the dead,	
Lost in the loving, floating ocean of thee,
Laved in the flood of thy bliss, O Death.

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5. Come lovely and soothing death [sung text checked 1 time]

Come lovely and soothing death,
Undulate round the world, serenely arriving, arriving,
In the day, in the night, to all, to each,
Sooner or later, delicate death.

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6. The night in silence under many a star [sung text checked 1 time]

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The night, in silence, under many a star;
The ocean shore, and the husky whispering wave, whose voice I know;	
And the soul turning to thee, O vast and well-veil'd Death,
And the body gratefully nestling close to thee.

[ ... ]

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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

Researcher for this text: Ahmed E. Ismail