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Smile, O voluptuous cool-breathed earth!


VIDEO
Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago
2019 Collaborative Works Festival
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Lisa Kaplan, piano

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

DURATION
4’30”

POET
Walt Whitman

YEAR COMPOSED
2014

THIS IS A MOVEMENT FROM:
Terra Nostra

VERSIONS AVAILABLE FOR:

Soprano • piano
Mezzo-Soprano • piano
Baritone • piano

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
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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!