Night Song

Duration:

2'30"

Year Composed:

2018

Instrumentation:

High Voice and Piano

About the Work

<p class="font_9">"Night Song" is a poem by Marjorie Allen Seiffert that appeared in the Poetry Foundation July 1932 Poetry Magazine under a selection of poems titled, "Whispered Lament". &nbsp;This poem had such clear-cut ebb and flow that conveyed a strong meloncholic and edging on the darker side of emotion.&nbsp;</p>

Text

Come, sleep, and carry her far, 

Away from this despair; 

It little matters where--

Perhaps to a simpler star


Where the resplendent sun

Shines upon innocent meadows,

Devoid of trees and shadow, 

and life has not begun.

 

Perhaps to a star so high,

So dark, lost and alone,

No human lips have known

A name to call it by--


And cool with hollow space. 

Her heart, troubled and shaken, 

That she may not awaken 

With tears upon her face.

Text by:

Marjorie Allen Seiffert (1885-1970)