It is over. What is over? Nay, now much is over truly! -- Harvest days we toiled to sow for; Now the sheaves are gathered newly, Now the wheat is garnered duly. It is finished. What is finished? Much is finished known or unknown: Lives are finished; time diminished; Was the fallow field left unsown? Will these buds be always unblown? It suffices. What suffices? All suffices reckoned rightly: Spring shall bloom where now the ice is, Roses make the bramble sightly, And the quickening sun shine brightly, And the latter wind blow lightly, And my garden teem with spices.
- by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830 - 1894), "Amen", appears in Goblin Market and other Poems, first published 1862 [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 Charles W. Getchell (b. 1929) and by Raymond J. Parfrey (b. 1928), "Amen", 1976 [SATB chorus a cappella], from Victoriana [text not verified]
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