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The Galaxy


DURATION
3’10”

INSTRUMENTATION
SATB (div.) a cappella

POET
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

COMMISSIONER
Boston Choral Ensemble

YEAR COMPOSED
2016

THIS IS A MOVEMENT FROM:
Celestial Canticles

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TEXT
Torrent of light and river of the air,
Along whose bed the glimmering stars are seen
Like gold and silver sands in some ravine
Where mountain streams have left their channels bare!
The Spaniard sees in thee the pathway, where
His patron saint descended in the sheen
Of his celestial armor on serene
And quiet nights, when all the heavens were fair.
Not this I see, nor yet the ancient fable
Of Phaeton's wild course, that scorched the skies
Where'er the hoofs of his hot coursers trod;
But the white drift of worlds o'er chasms of sable,
The star dust, that is whirled aloft and flies
From the invisible chariot-wheels of God.