A Farewell (2010) for choir (SATB)
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The lyrics of this piece come from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s A Farewell. The poem contrasts the eternal against the impermanent; the infinite against the finite. The author laments that while nature will continue on “for ever and for ever”, the time he has to enjoy it is limited by his own temporality.
Flow down, cold rivulet, to the sea, Thy Tribute wave deliver;
No more by thee my steps shall be, For ever and for ever.
Flow, softly flow, by lawn and lea A rivulet, then a river;
Nowhere by thee my steps shall be, For ever and for ever.
But here will sigh thine alder-tree, And here thine aspen shiver;
And here by thee will hum the bee, For ever and for ever.
A thousand suns will stream on thee, A thousand moons will quiver;
But not by thee my steps shall be, For ever and for ever.
-Alfred, Lord Tennyson