Songs for Leontyne

Song Cycle by Lee Hoiby (1926 - 2011)

Word count: 511

1. The doe [sung text not yet checked]

Through the snow
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2. Evening [sung text not yet checked]

Evening, when the measure skips a beat
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3. Autumn [sung text checked 1 time]

The leaves are falling, falling down
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4. Winter song [sung text not yet checked]

The browns, the olives, and the yellows died,
And were swept up to heaven; where they glowed
Each dawn and set of sun till Christmastide,
And when the land lay pale for them, pale-snowed,
Fell back, and down the snow-drifts flamed and flowed.

From off your face, into the winds of winter,
The sun-brown and the summer-gold are blowing;
But they shall gleam with spiritual glinter,
When paler beauty on your brows falls snowing,
And through those snows my looks shall be soft-going.

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

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5. In the wand of the wind [sung text not yet checked]

This was the day the trees turned silver
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6. The serpent [sung text not yet checked]

There was a Serpent who had to sing
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