Dream-Time (2018)

To Isabelle Tett

Instrumentation:
Solo soprano

Duration:
c. 4’00

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Dream-Timeblank
blankElla Higginson (1861-1940)

blankIt is the time when crimson stars
Weary of heaven’s cold delight,
And take, like petals from a rose,
Their soft and hesitating flight
Upon the cool wings of the air
Across the purple night.

blankIt is the time when silver sails
Go drifting down the violet sea,
And every poppy’s crimson mouth
Kisses to sleep a lovesick bee;
The fireweed waves her rosy plumes
On pasture, hill and lea.

blankIt is the time to dream—and feel
The lanquid rocking of a boat,
The pushing ripple round the keel
Where cool, deep-hearted lilies float,
And hear thro’ wild syringas steal
Some songster’s drowsy note.

blank*It is the time, at eve, to lie
And in a hammock faintly sway,
To watch the golds and crimsons die
Across the blue stretch of the bay;
To hear the sweet dusk tiptoe by
In the footsteps of the day.

blank“Dream-Time” from When the Birds Go North Again (The Macmillan Company, 1898).
Public domain.

blank* The final stanza has not been set in this piece.

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