To Homer (John Kilpatrick)

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  • (Posted 2003-10-12)  CPDL #05674:  Network.png PDF, MIDI, XML & MuseScore files
Editor: John Kilpatrick (submitted 2003-10-12).   Revised 2020-04-05
Score information: A4, 16 pages, 230 kB   Music 12 pages Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: To Homer
Composer: John Kilpatrick
Lyricist: John Keats

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2005 revised 2020

Description: Now published as part of Two Homer Sonnets

External websites:

Original text and translations

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To Homer - John Keats
 Standing aloof in giant ignorance,
 Of thee I hear and of the Cyclades,
 As one who sits ashore and longs perchance
 To visit dolphin-coral in deep seas.
 So thou wast blind! – but then the veil was rent,
 For Jove uncurtain’d Heaven to let thee live,
 And Neptune made for thee a spumy tent,
 And Pan made sing for thee his forest-hive;
 Aye on the shores of darkness there is light,
 And precipices show untrodden green;
 There is a budding morrow in midnight;
 There is a triple sight in blindness keen;
 Such seeing hadst thou, as it once befel
 To Dian, Queen of Earth, and Heaven, and Hell.