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Long, too long America

Set by William Howard Schuman (1910 - 1992), "Long, too long America", published 1943 [ mixed chorus and 2 pianos or orchestra ], from cantata A Free Song, no. 1, cantata  [sung text checked 1 time]

Note: this setting is made up of several separate texts.

Long, too long America,
Traveling roads all even and peaceful you learn'd from joys and prosperity only,
But now, ah now, to learn from [crises]1 of anguish,
[    advancing, grappling with direst fate and recoiling not,
And now to conceive and show to the world what your children en-masse really are,
(For who except myself has yet conceiv'd what your children en-masse really are?) ]2


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1 Schuman: "cries"
2 omitted by Schuman.

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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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Confirmed with Drum-Taps, ed. by Matt Cohen, Ed Folsom, & Kenneth M. Price, The Walt Whitman Archive

1 omitted by Rands.

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Joost van der Linden [Guest Editor]