Yet each [I]1 keep and all, retrievements out of the night; [The song, the wondrous chant of the gray-brown bird, And the tallying chant, the echo arous'd in my soul, With the lustrous and drooping star, with the countenance full of woe, With the lilac tall, and its blossoms of mastering odor; [With the holders holding my hand, nearing the call of the bird,]2 Comrades mine, and I in the midst, and their memory ever [I]1 keep for the dead I loved so well;]3 For the sweetest, wisest soul of all my days and lands -- [and this for his dear sake,]3 Lilac and star and bird twined with the chant of my soul, There in the fragrant pines, and the cedars dusk and dim.4
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1 Hindemith: "to"
2 omitted by Hindemith and Sessions.
3 omitted by Sessions
4 Hindemith adds here a line from earlier in the long poem: "When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd."
- by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892), no title, appears in Memories of President Lincoln, in When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd, no. 20 [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 John Hawkins (b. 1944), "Lilac star bird", published 1967 [soprano (bamboo chimes and maracas), violin, cello, vibraphone, and celesta (sand blocks)], from Three Cavatinas, no. 1, Don Mills, Ontario, BMI Canada [text not verified]
This text (or a part of it) is used in a work
- by Paul Hindemith (1895 - 1963), "Passing the visions, passing the night " [baritone, mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra], from the cantata When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd, no. 11..
- by Roger Sessions (1896 - 1985), "Now while I sat in the day, and look'd forth ", from the cantata When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd, no. 3, cantata.
Researcher for this text: Ahmed E. Ismail
This text was added to the website: 2005-01-13
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