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Love Let the Wind Cry

by Undine Smith Moore

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Listen here to 'Love Let the Wind Cry' performed by soprano Olivia Boen and pianist Dylan Perez. This recording was filmed by TallWall Media at the 2021 Oxford Lieder Festival live from St John the Evangelist Church.

Text

Love Let the Wind Cry
English source: William Bliss Carman

Love let the wind cry
On the dark mountain,
Bending the ash trees
And the tall hemlocks
With the great voice of
Thunderous legions,
How I adore thee.

Let the hoarse torrent
In the blue canyon,
Murmuring mightily
Out of the gray mist
Of primal chaos
Cease not proclaiming
How I adore thee.

Let the long rhythm
Of crunching rollers,
Breaking and bursting
On the white seaboard
Titan and tireless,
Tell, while the world stands,
How I adore thee.

Love, let the clear call
Of the tree cricket,
Frailest of creatures,
Green as the young grass,
Mark with his trilling
Resonant bell-note,
How I adore thee.

But, more than all sounds,
Surer, serener,
Fuller of passion
And exultation,
Let the hushed whisper
In thine own heart say,
How I adore thee.


based on a text in English
by Henry Thornton Wharton (1846 - 1895)
after the Greek - Sappho (c610-c580 BCE)

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