O how shall I warble myself for the dead one there I loved? And how shall I deck my soul for the large sweet soul that has gone? And what shall my perfume be [for]1 the grave of him I love? Sea-winds blown from the east and west, Blown from the Eastern sea and blown from the Western sea, [till there on the prairies meeting, These and]2 with these [and the breath of my chant,]2 [I'll]3 perfume the grave of him I love.
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1 Sessions: "to adorn"
2 omitted by Sessions
3 Sessions: "Will I"
- by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892), no title, appears in Memories of President Lincoln, in When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd, no. 10 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Jeffrey Van (b. 1941), "The Grave of Him I Love", from Reaping the Whirlwind / The Harvest of War [sung text not yet checked]
This text (or a part of it) is used in a work
- by Paul Hindemith (1895 - 1963), "O how shall I warble myself for the dead one there I loved?" [ baritone, mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra ], from cantata When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd, no. 6
- by Roger Sessions (1896 - 1985), "Over the breast of the spring, the land, amid cities", from cantata When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd, no. 2
Researcher for this text: Ahmed E. Ismail
This text was added to the website: 2005-01-13
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Word count: 83