A clear midnight

by Ian Venables From Portraits of a Mind Op. 54

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A clear midnight
English source: Walt Whitman

This is thy hour O soul, thy free light into the wordless,
Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the theme
thou lovest best,
Night, sleep, death and the stars.


Ian Venables

Ian Venables (born 1955) is a British composer of art songs and chamber music.


Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most…

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