by Anna Estes Strawbridge (1880 - 1981)

A Clarion Call
Language: English 
Whither bound? Whither bound, oh world?
in gloom like deepest night?
The sun and moon seem darkened;
eerie light of shadowy stars
make darkness deeper.

Mankind weak and faltering wait
the appalling force of evil and of hate,
loosed on our uncertainty,
Pause now, oh world, 
before it is too late!

Let not these troubled days
obliterate the greatness of your heritage,
Oh world, arise!
A clarion call for courage sound this hour,
for strength and faith and majesty of power,
A clarion call!


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

  • by Hans Gál (1890 - 1987), "A Clarion Call", subtitle: "Composed in Honor of the 75th Anniversary of Bryn Mawr College", op. 76 (1959), first performed 1960 [women's chorus], confirmed with a score [ sung text verified 1 time]

Research team for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor] , Eva Fox-Gal

This text was added to the website: 2018-05-10
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Word count: 84