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Echo

 

First Performance

November 2022

Ensemble

Voice and Piano

Duration

4 minutes

Echo by Christina Rossetti

Come to me in the silence of the night;

Come in the speaking silence of a dream;

Come with soft rounded cheeks and eyes as bright

As sunlight on a stream;
Come back in tears,
O memory, hope, love of finished years.

 

Oh dream how sweet, too sweet, too bitter sweet,

Whose wakening should have been in Paradise,

Where souls brimful of love abide and meet;

Where thirsting longing eyes
Watch the slow door
That opening, letting in, lets out no more.

 

Yet come to me in dreams, that I may live

My very life again tho’ cold in death:

Come back to me in dreams, that I may give

Pulse for pulse, breath for breath:

Speak low, lean low,
As long ago, my love, how long ago.

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     Score $15

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