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Smile, O voluptuous cool-breathed earth!


VIDEO
Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra; Stephen Alltop, conductor
Soloist: David Govertson, baritone


DURATION
4’30”

POET
Walt Whitman

YEAR COMPOSED
2014

THIS IS A MOVEMENT FROM:
Terra Nostra

VERSIONS AVAILABLE FOR:

Soprano • piano
Mezzo-Soprano • piano or string quartet
Tenor • piano
Baritone • piano or string quartet

COMMISSIONER

Commissioned by the San Francisco Choral Society and the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir
as part of
Terra Nostra (oratorio).

ORDERING SCORES
Theodore Presser Company
111-40282 • $11.99 • soprano
111-40283 • $11.99 • mezzo-soprano
111-40284 • $11.99 • baritone

To purchase, contact:
Jennifer Rafferty jrafferty@presser.com
610-592-1222, ext. 114

TEXT
Smile O voluptuous cool-breathed earth!
Earth of the slumbering and liquid trees!
Earth of departed sunsets—earth of the mountains misty top!
Earth of the vitreous pour of the full moon just tinged with blue!
Earth of shine and dark mottling the tide of the river!
Earth of the limpid gray of clouds brighter and clearer for my sake!
Far-swooping elbowed earth—rich apple-blossomed earth!
Smile, for your lover comes.
Prodigal, you have given me love—therefore I to you give love.
O unspeakable passionate love!