Was it foreknown, was it foredoomed Before I drew my first small breath? Will it be with me to the end, Will it go down with me to death? Or was it chance, would it have been Another if it was not you? Could any other voice or hands have done for me what yours can do? Now without sorrow and without elation I say the day I found you was foreknown, Let the years blow like sand around that hour, Changeless and fixed as Memnon carved in stone.
- by Sara Teasdale (1884 - 1933), "The hour", first published 1922? [author's text not yet checked 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 Lori Laitman (b. 1955), "The hour", 1991-2, first performed 1992 [soprano and piano], from The Metropolitan Tower and Other Songs, no. 5. [text verified 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2009-05-31
Line count: 13
Word count: 89