Cantata: Four Passages (Excerpts from Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot)

Song Cycle by John Mitchell (b. 1941)

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1. Time present and time past [sung text not yet checked]

Time present and time past
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2. At the still point [sung text not yet checked]

Garlic and sapphires in the mud
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3. Shall I say it again? [sung text not yet checked]

O dark dark dark. They all go into the dark
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First published in New English Weekly, March 1940.

4. Where is there an end of it? [sung text not yet checked]

Where is there an end of it, the soundless wailing
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5. We shall not cease from exploration [sung text not yet checked]

What we call the beginning is often the end
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Note: the last three lines are set by Gubaidulina