Come lovely and soothing death (David Lesniaski)

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  • (Posted 2021-02-27)  CPDL #63177:     
Editor: David Lesniaski (submitted 2021-02-27).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 186 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
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General Information

Title: Come lovely and soothing death
Composer: David Lesniaski
Lyricist: Walt Whitman

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularLament

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1981, rev 2009
Description: SATB choral setting of text selected from Whitman's "When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd."

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Original text and translations

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Come lovely and soothing death,
Undulate round the world, serenely arriving,
In the day, in the night, to all, to each,
Sooner or later delicate death.

From me to thee glad serenades,
dances for thee I propose, saluting thee,
adornments and feastings for thee,
And the sights of the open landscape,
and the high-spread sky, are fitting,
And life and the fields, and the huge and thoughtful night.

Come lovely and soothing death.
Over the tree-tops I float thee a song,
over the rising and sinking waves,
over the myriad fields, and the prairies wide;
Over the dense-packed cities all, and the teeming wharves and ways,
I float this carol with joy, with joy to thee, O Death!

Come lovely and soothing death,
Undulate round the world, serenely arriving,
In the day, in the night, to all, to each,
Sooner or later delicate death.