Five Choral Poems

Song Cycle by Samuel Hans Adler (b. 1928)

Word count: 126

?. Some one [sung text not yet checked]

Some one came knocking
  At my wee, small door;
Some one came knocking,
  I'm sure - sure - sure;
I listened, I opened,
  I looked to left and right,
But naught there was a-stirring
  In the still dark night;
Only the busy beetle
  Tap-tapping in the wall,
Only from the forest
  The screech-owl's call,
Only the cricket whistling
  [While]1 the dewdrops fall,
So I know not who came knocking,
  At all, at all, at all.

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1 Archer: "When"

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?. Nothing is enough [sung text not yet checked]

Nothing is enough
 . . . . . . . . . .

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?. Strings in the earth [sung text not yet checked]

Strings in the earth and air 
  Make music sweet; 
Strings by the river where 
  The willows meet. 

There's music along the river 
  [For Love wanders there,]1
Pale [flowers]1 on his mantle, 
  Dark leaves on his hair. 

All softly playing, 
  With head to [the]3 music bent, 
And fingers straying 
  Upon an instrument.

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1 not set by Berio.
2 Coulthard: "flow'rs"
3 omitted by Coulthard

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