5 Songs to Poems - Texts by Walt Whitman

Song Cycle by Ned Rorem (b. 1923)

Word count: 185

1. As Adam, early in the morning [sung text checked 1 time]

As Adam, early in the morning,
Walking forth from the bower, refresh'd with sleep;
Behold me where I pass -- hear my voice -- approach,
Touch me -- touch the palm of your hand to my Body as I pass;
Be not afraid of my Body.

Authorship

Portions of this text were used in Idyll by Frederick Delius.


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

2. O you whom I often and silently come [sung text checked 1 time]

O you whom I often and silently come 
  where you are that I may be with you, 
As I walk by your side or sit near,
  or remain in the same room with you, 
Little you know the subtle electric fire
  that for your sake is playing within me.

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Researcher for this text: John Versmoren

3. To you [sung text checked 1 time]

Stranger, if you passing, meet me,
And desire to speak to me,
Why should you not speak to me?
And why should I not speak to you?

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4. Look down, fair moon [sung text checked 1 time]

Look down, fair moon and bathe this scene,
Pour softly down night's nimbus floods, on faces ghastly, swollen, purple;
On the dead, on their backs, with [their]1 arms toss'd wide,
Pour down your unstinted nimbus, sacred moon.

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1 omitted by Rands.

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5. Gliding o'er all [sung text checked 1 time]

Gliding o'er all, through all,
Through Nature, Time, and Space,
As a ship on the waters advancing,
The voyage of the soul--not life alone,
Death, many deaths I'll sing.

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]